That is one reason why here at Kinsta on new WordPress installs we actually force a complex password to be used for your wp-admin login as seen below on our one-click install process. This is not optional. Some of the best security starts from the basics. Or you can use an online tool like Strong Password Generator. It is also important to use different passwords for every website. The best way to store them is locally in an encrypted database on your computer. A good free tool for this is KeePass.
This will assign the person as the author of those posts. Attribute all content to admin You can also rename your current admin username manually in phpMyAdmin with the following command.
Make sure to backup your database before editing tables: This includes WordPress core and your plugins. These are updated for a reason, and a lot of times these include security enhancements and bug fixes. We recommend you to read our in-depth guide on this topic: In fact, websites break mostly because of bugs in older WordPress versions. Core modifications are never recommended by the WordPress team and expert developers who understand the risks involved.
And WordPress updates mostly include must-have security patches along with the added functionality required to run the latest plugins. If you are a Kinsta customer we provided automatic backups with a one-click restore option. This way you can test new versions of WordPress and plugins without having to worry about it breaking anything. Or you could also first test in our staging environment. Overwriting the wrong folders could break your site if not done correctly.
If you are not comfortable doing this, please check with a developer first. Delete the old wp-includes and wp-admin directories. Upload the new wp-includes and wp-admin directories. Upload the individual files from the new wp-content folder to your existing wp-content folder, overwriting existing files.
Do NOT delete your existing wp-content folder. Do NOT delete any files or folders in your existing wp-content directory except for the one being overwritten by new files. Upload all new loose files from the root directory of the new version to your existing WordPress root directory. Out of date plugins are more likely to contain security vulnerabilities.
WP Loop Use your best judgment when it comes to plugins. As seen in the example below, this one is out of date and has bad reviews so we would most likely recommend staying away from it. Old WordPress plugin with bad ratings There are also a lot of resources out there to help you stay on top of the latest WordPress security updates and vulnerabilities.
See some of them below: WordPress security archive 5. If you make it harder for hackers to find certain backdoors then you are less likely to be attacked. Locking down your WordPress admin area and login is a good way to beef up your security.
Two great ways to do this is first by changing your default wp-admin login URL and also limiting login attempts. Security by obscurity can be a very effective way to beef up your WordPress security.
One of the problems with this is that all of the bots, hackers, and scripts out there also know this. This is not a fix all solution, it is simply one little trick that can definitely help protect you. The plugin only has one option and is fast to configure. Limit login attempts in WordPress If you are looking for a more simple WordPress security solution, another great alternative is the free Login Lockdown plugin.
Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range. And it is completely compatible with the WPS Hide login plugin we mentioned above. This requires a username and password before being able to even access the WordPress login page. But it can be a very effective way to prevent bots from hitting your site.
Basic HTTP authentication Apache If you are using a cPanel host, you can enable password protected directories from their control panel. You can use this handy generator tool. Then upload the file to a directory under your wp-admin folder, such as: Make sure you update the directory path and username.
This is required by some third-party plugins. Therefore you will also need to add the following code to the above. Check out this tutorial. If you are a Kinsta client, reach out to our support team and we can easily add this for you. No matter how secure your password is there is always a risk of someone discovering it.
Two-factor authentication involves a 2 step process in which you need not only your password to login but a second method. Because it is almost impossible that the attacker will have both your password and your cellphone. There are really two parts when it comes to two-factor authentication. If someone gets access to this they could change your passwords, delete your websites, change DNS records, and all sorts of horrible things.
The second part of two-factor authentication pertains to your actual WordPress installation. If you are looking for a completely free option than the Google Authenticator plugin is a great alternative.
It also allows an unlimited amount of users. Once installed you can click into your user profile, mark it active and create a new secret key or scan the QR code.