Before your website gets hacked and Google has determined that your website has malicious malware, there are a number of security tips you may find helpful. One important security 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. If none come to mind, WordPress will generate a strong password for you, and it is often a perfect choice. Because the generated password is complicated, hackers will have difficulty brute force your site to determine the password; therefore, gaining entrance to the site will be almost impossible. Websites are at risk when a simple password is used.
Choosing a reputable hosting company is a top priority. As an incentive, major hosting companies run specials throughout the year to attract new customers. Major hosting companies are well worth the money. Serious problems can result when you choose an inexpensive and unknown hosting company.
Installing the right plugins is essential. Wordfence 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, 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.
If you want an extra layer of security for your website, one free plugin is Captcha. This plugin requires the solution to a simple problem to gain admittance to the site. This will stop automated software for hacking in their tracks.
WordPress, themes, and plugins should be updated as needed. 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 cybercriminals to hack your website. However, in the event that your website has been hacked, and contains malicious malware, Website Malware Removal Service will have your website cleaned, and back online with 24-48 hours for a one-time affordable fee.