Your WordPress admin area is the hub of your website. Simply log in to your account and you can access your customer data, connect with visitors, install new plugins, modify your site’s code, and much more. Unless you take steps to protect your dashboard, so can a hacker.
If a malicious third-party manages to gain unauthorized access to your admin dashboard, the results could be devastating. Fortunately, there are several ways to secure this area against hackers and minimize threats against it.
In this post, we’ll share seven techniques to protect your WordPress admin area against malicious attacks. By following our advice, you can make it more difficult for hackers to access your account – even if they have your username and password. Let’s get started!
Why it’s important to protect your WordPress admin area
If a malicious third party manages to hack your WordPress account, then they’ll have access to all your data. This includes the private information for everyone who’s ever registered with your website. If you accept payments, it could even include financial information such as credit card details.
This kind of data breach could cause irreparable damage to your reputation. Depending on your local laws, it could even land you in legal hot water, as your website has an obligation to protect confidential customer data.
Even if you manage to avoid losing all your customers and facing legal repercussions, the cost of cleaning up after a cyberattack is immense. It’s preferable to avoid having to go down that road.
There are plenty of attacks that specifically target the WordPress admin area, including brute force attacks. These involve a hacker bombarding your login page with common password and username combinations in the hope of finding a match.
WordPress is particularly vulnerable to brute force attacks, as by default both the WordPress admin username and login URL are the same for every installation. If you’re using these defaults, then an attacker only needs to guess your password.
By making a few changes to your WordPress login screen, you can help protect your account against a wide range of attacks.
7 ways to protect your WordPress admin area
If a hacker breaks into your dashboard, they could potentially steal your confidential customer data, install malicious software, lock you out of your own account, or even delete your website entirely. To help protect your visitors, data, and content, it’s essential that you take steps to protect your WordPress admin area.
1. Never use the default admin username
By default, the first user account for every new WordPress installation is assigned the username admin. If you stick with this, then hackers already know your username and only need to acquire or guess your password to break in.
If you’re currently using admin as your username, then it’s highly recommended that you change it. You can do so by selecting Users > All Users
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.