Many people get the warning, “this site may be hacked” when Google determines that your website has malicious malware. But before your website is compromised, there are a number of security tips you may want to consider.
WordPress security is not as difficult as one might think. One important first step is to change the user name from “admin” to a more secure and difficult word to guess. Never use your name or nickname. It gives hackers a definite advantage. WordPress will generate a strong password for you, and it is a perfect choice. This password is so complicated that hackers will not be able to brute force your site to determine the password to gain entrance to the site. A weak password puts your website at risk.
A reliable web host is essential. I recommend using a well known hosting company that has a good reputation on the internet. If you choose an inexpensive and unknown hosting company, you may be asking for some serious problems. The major hosting companies run specials throughout the year to attract new customers. These major companies are well worth the money.
The next recommendation is to install helpful plugins. Wordfence is one plugin that will harden your site against attacks, and allow you to scan your website to see if there are malicious files on your site. On the Wordfence options page, be sure to list your email address so that Wordfence can notify you of any problems. The paid version offers many more options but the free version is helpful and does its job. Be sure and install Limit Login Attempts. It is a useful plugin to prevent brute force attacks. This plugin puts a limit on the number of attempts that can be made to enter your site.
One plugin that gives your website an extra layer of security is Captcha which is a free plugin. This plugin requires that an individual solves a simple problem to gain admittance to the site. Automated software for hacking will be stopped dead in their tracks.
Another important tip is to keep WordPress, themes, and plugins updated. Updated versions usually include patches for security issues that were found, thus eliminating risks. Delete plugins and themes you are not using. Keeping your site clean removes opportunities for hackers to enter your site.
Backing up your website is essential for peace of mind. There are several backup plugins available that work well. I recommend WordPress Backup To Dropbox which will complete your backup in about five minutes.
These are just a few suggestions that will make it difficult for cyber criminals to hack your website. However, in the event that your website has been hacked, and contains malicious malware, Our WordPress Malware Removal Service will have your website cleaned, and back online with 24-48 hours for a one-time affordable fee.