How to Make a Locked WordPress Website
Hackers can really put a damper on your day. They seem to have a knack for popping up when you’re having fun and then trying to make your life a living hell. Fortunately for you, we’re a WordPress website and we’re going to teach you a simple way to make your website more secure as well as hide it from curious prying eyes.
Use A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
When we think about making our site more secure, the very first thing that comes to mind is: what about the hackers? The second thing that comes to mind is: what about the government? These are the types of questions you should be asking yourself as a WordPress site owner – security through obscurity is always a good choice when you don’t have enough resources to spend on actual security.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a type of software that allows users to anonymously surf the web from a secure location. This is especially beneficial for people who work remotely or for companies that have offices across the world. A VPN enables users to safely access all of the company’s resources including email and web applications such as WordPress. An added bonus is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining a physical connection to the server. This enables you to access your site even if you are on the move or via a shaky connection. When it comes to keeping your WordPress site secure, a VPN is indispensable.
Set Up A Captcha
Another method of making your WordPress site more secure is through the use of a Captcha. A Captcha is a type of security measure that requires the user to type out the text shown in a distorted image. It was originally designed to combat spam, but it can also be used to prevent automated bots from accessing certain areas of your site. While there are several free plugins that can be used to add Captchas to your site, such as Google’s reCaptcha, you should consider investing in a premium plugin such as Captcha Plus by SimpleCaptcha to get the best results.
The great thing about these types of security measures is that they don’t require you to have extensive technical knowledge as you would if you were manually changing the passwords of your users or setting up a firewall. Captchas can be easily configured via the WordPress dashboard and the security benefits are considerable.
Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
Although two-factor authentication is commonplace for logins to online accounts, it is not yet widely adopted by website owners. Why? Because we’re not used to thinking about it in terms of our websites. However, it’s time to start. Two-factor authentication is a method of enhancing your website’s security by requiring users to validate their identities through two separate factors: something they know (their password) and something they possess (a hardware security token). The great thing about this method is that it requires more work from the user’s end, but it also provides a higher level of security.
The first step to taking advantage of this feature is to purchase a two-factor authentication device from an online store such as Google Authenticator or Authy. Just plug it into your computer’s USB port and you’re ready to use it. Now you can allow users to log in to your WordPress site with nothing more than a username and password – and a hardware security token!
Use Cloud Storage For Your Images, Documents, And More
Cloud storage simplifies our lives by providing us with free space on a server that we can use to store all of our photos, videos, and other types of files. It also provides a level of security through the use of encryption. Instead of storing our sensitive information on our own personal devices, we now have a safe place to keep it that is accessible from anywhere at any time. And what’s better is that the service provides tools to make accessing this information easier than ever.
One of the first services that came to mind when we heard about cloud storage is Amazon’s Glacier. After we logged into our Amazon Prime account and selected the Glacier option, we were able to browse the available storage spaces and see the estimated costs for storing different types of files. We also had the option of creating a Free Storage Space if we wanted to store smaller files (under 1GB) for free. While Amazon’s Glacier is probably the cheapest solution, it’s still rather expensive if you’re looking for long-term storage ($0.02 per gigabyte per month). On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to store and share large files without worrying about space constraints, then Google Drive is the perfect solution.
If you decide to use Google Drive, you will need to have a Google account, which is something extra you have to create and maintain. Even if you do have a Google account, however, you should still consider using a free app such as Google Takeout to back up all of your personal photos and files. This way, if your account gets compromised, at least you won’t lose any important documents.
Use Free Blogging Platforms To Build Your Website
Even if you’re not looking for security, putting a lock on your website is a good idea anyway. The reason being that if you want to publish content frequently then a locked site will make that task a little easier. You won’t have to worry about your content being stolen or hacked because it can’t be accessed by any other websites.
Once you have a locked site, you can use platforms like WordPress to create a custom blog that can be used to spread useful information to the public. When thinking about security, many people tend to think about hackers, but you should also be concerned about the government. As a blogger, this is a platform that allows you to post on your personal blog or business blog, so keeping your content secure is a top priority.
Building a strong personal brand takes time, but it is possible. Once you have built up a readership, established yourself as an authoritative voice in your industry, and become a go-to source for valuable information, companies will come knocking on your door. With so much talk of privacy breaches and data security, now is the best time to develop a digital footprint that is both engaging and informative.
We hope this post has helped clarify some of the basics of security and privacy when it comes to WordPress websites. While there are several different ways to keep your content secure, a VPN, Captcha, and Google Drive are just a few of the most well-known methods. As you establish your personal brand and begin to build a following, remember to protect your content and ensure it is easily accessible.