Hey guys, in this article, I am going to talk about how to keep your WordPress accounts secure. So keep reading.
As the world has moved further towards online businesses and media, more people have started using WordPress as their go-to platform to create websites. From blogs to educational resources, WordPress is a fantastic platform to make use of.
However, your WordPress account could be at risk of being hacked if you’re not careful with it. Cybercriminals often try to get hold of people’s accounts which will give them free access to your website, allowing them to use it for their malicious purposes.
There are some steps you can take to make your account more secure though. An important factor in keeping your WordPress account safe is using strong passwords. You can use a password manager to safely keep track of your login credentials.
However, it’s important to use the right one. Read on to find out about other ways you can keep your WordPress account out of the clutches of cybercriminals.
How Can Cybercriminals Get Your Login Credentials?
Over the years cybercriminals have been able to develop their tactics to steal login credentials from their victims. In many cases, they can do this without the victims’ knowledge, which is even more dangerous as they won’t have enough time to react to the breach.
One of the most common methods that hackers use to steal your login credentials is through phishing scams. Phishing scams are common and they have been around for many years.
However, they have developed significantly over the years to become more convincing to lure in potential victims.
Phishing scams involve sending fraudulent emails to potential victims that urge the victim to interact with them. The email will have a malicious link or attachment on it. Once the victim interacts with the link or attachment they will fall into the hacker’s trap.
A link will take the victim to a fake website that has been set up by the hacker. The website will have a keylogger installed which will copy everything that is typed into the website including your login credentials.
Attachments can usually prompt malicious software, also known as malware to be installed on your device when you interact with them, more on malware later!
Cybercriminals use social engineering to trick their victims into trusting the fraudulent emails that they have received. This means that they will pose as a reputable company that you know and trust.
They will replicate the logos and color schemes used by the company to make the email seem more believable.
Malware That Poses A Threat To Your WordPress Account
Phishing scams can be used to install malicious software on your device through email attachments. In the majority of cases, malware can be installed on the background of your device, so you may never even know about it being there.
There are three important forms of malware you need to be aware of that can pose a threat to your WordPress account. Furthermore, they can also pose a threat to your other accounts and even your entire device.
The first dangerous form of malware is viruses. Most people have heard of viruses before and many have experienced their damaging effects. There’s a wide variety of viruses, each with its own purpose and goal. Some can destroy your files while more dangerous ones can attack your device’s operating system.
Another dangerous form of malware to be aware of is spyware. Spyware can monitor your device and capture data from it to send to the hacker. For example, it might be designed to track your internet history and record all your login credentials. This would allow the hacker to gain access to your WordPress account.
The most dangerous form of malware to be aware of is ransomware. Once installed on your device, ransomware can encrypt your files or accounts which will prevent you from being able to access them.
The encryption can only be removed from your device by paying a ransom fee to the cybercriminal. Ransomware has been estimated to have done around $1.85 million in damage in 2021 alone, and a ransomware attack happens every 11 seconds.
How To Protect Your WordPress Account
Keeping your WordPress accounts secure is important because you never know when a cybercriminal will decide to strike. Oftentimes once they have launched their attack it’s too late to stop it. Therefore the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to ensure that you use the correct cybersecurity measures.
The first and most important cybersecurity rule to remember is to use strong and unique passwords. Many people use weak passwords because they are easier to remember.
Weak passwords include anything that relates to you personally, such as your name or date of birth. This information can easily be stolen from your device or even your social media pages.
Studies have shown that the strongest passwords are made up of random words, letters, numbers, or symbols. These are much more difficult for a hacker to guess which will leave your account more secure.
Moreover, you need to ensure that all your accounts have unique passwords. This means using different passwords for each account. If you use the same password for multiple accounts you risk all of them being breached at the same time.
It can be difficult to remember these passwords which might lead you to save them on your browser. However, your browser’s password manager is not secure enough, and a skilled cybercriminal will be able to hack into it and steal all your login credentials. You must ensure that you use a premium third-party password manager.
Secure password managers will require you to use a login and a unique key that is randomly generated for your account before you can view your passwords.
You should also consider installing premium antivirus software on your device. Antivirus software will constantly scan your device to ensure that there is no malicious software that has been installed on it. If any malware has been found, the antivirus software can take action to remove it from your device.
So that’s all from this post. I hope you liked this article on how to keep your WordPress accounts secure. Thanks for reading!