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Since it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we figured it would be a great time to talk about 4 easy ways to keep your WordPress site secure.
If you are interested in learning more about protecting your personal cybersecurity, I’d recommend https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/.
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Which is mostly focused on protecting personal information, online safety, and other scary topics, but it’s also a great time to make sure your WordPress security is up to date.
You know… unlike those other months.
This week we are covering 5 basic tips to keep your WordPress site secure.
1. Make sure you are on the current version of WordPress- There’s a reason that developers go through all the trouble to push out new WordPress updates, and it’s not just to annoy you. These releases often include security patches to help you keep your site secure. You should always be running the current version of WordPress on all of your sites, but it’s even more important when it comes to security updates, like WordPress 4.8.2 which was released two weeks ago.
2. Update or delete older plugins- It’s equally important to keep all of your plugins up to date and it really doesn’t take that long. While your at it, go ahead and delete any unused plugins you’ve been collecting. There’s no reason to keep those around.
3. Use strong passwords- If you can remember it, it’s probably not a good password. The best way to implement strong passwords across all your sites is to use a password manager to create unique passwords for all of your online logins. Especially on your WordPress site.
4. Use two factor authentication- Even the best password can eventually be hacked through brute force attack, so be sure to set up a two-factor authentication plugin like Authy or Google Authenticator. These plugins simply send you a text whenever a new computer appears to be attempting to login to your site.
Those are our basic tips for keeping your WordPress site secure, let us know your favorite suggestion in the comments below.
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