Fact: over 30,000 websites are hacked every day. Fact: cyber crime costs the global economy over $450 billion. Fact: over 1.5 million WordPress sites were hacked in a single day this year due to a single vulnerability.
Don’t think website security isn’t important.
Cyber-criminals are out there using sophisticated software to scan the internet for any type of vulnerable website.
Hackers don’t care if your website is big, small, a nonprofit, or profit making. A hacked website is worth money to them as they can either extort money from a website owner or place links or code on the site to support some other type of criminal activity.
Online security is of paramount importance to every human being on this planet. This course is for everybody. There is very little use of technical terminology or advanced online procedures. Anyone with basic computer skills can protect any WordPress website by following this course.
The course starts with the two biggest causes of hacks on websites and shows you the simple and non-technical ways to protect yourself. The two biggest causes of hacks on WordPress websites are:
- easily guessed or stolen usernames and password
- out of date software
I show how to use secure and unguessable passwords that are different on every site.
I continue to explain how to ensure all the software that’s used to run your site, not only the WordPress software, is not only up-to-date but kept up-to-date. We also cover home directory and Webroot hygiene as well as disabling directory listing and error reporting.
I then show how to set up and install the Wordfence Security plugin which will:
- protect a site with a cloud-based firewall
- scan your site every day for known vulnerabilities and changes in the WordPress code
- block malicious IPs and requests
- and much more
I demonstrate how to set up and schedule back-ups. So if anything goes wrong in the future you can restore your site back to an early copy.
I then go on to explain step-by-step technical methods to really lock down a WordPress website.
Don’t think that online security doesn’t matter to you. Your online security is as important as your physical security.
My name’s Rob Cubbon and I have run a web and graphic design business for over a decade. I have built countless WordPress websites for myself and others.
However, I have been hacked!
This was a chastening experience. Not only was this attach to one of my websites extremely costly in terms of money and time, but I was also shocked at my ignorance of many website security procedures.
Online security, website security, and WordPress security are now topics I take extremely seriously. I want to prevent other people from having a similarly terrible experience.
- 1. Introduction to WordPress Security
- 2. Intro to Username & password section
- 3. Make your usernames hard to guess
- 5. Improving the Security of the WordPress Admin User
- 4. Password Security: Sobering and Scary News – You MUST Watch This Video!
- 6. An easy way to change your username with Username Changer plugin
- 7. How to Enable 2 Step Authentication to your WordPress Login edited
- 8. Intro to software updating section
- 9. How To Make Sure You’re Running Up To Date Software
- 10. Deleting unnecessary plugins through the wordpress backend edited
- 11. Deleting unnecessary themes through the wordpress backend edited
- 12. Home Directory And Webroot Hygiene And How To Access A Site’s Files
- 13. Checking the File and Folder Permissions on the Server
- 14. Disable Directory Listing
- 15. Introduction to the Wordfence Security Plugin
- 16. Why the Wordfence Security Plugin is so awesome
- 17. Activating Wordfence Security Plugin for WordPress Initial Essential Steps
- 18. Checking up on Wordfence 24 hour later
- 19. Making sure the firewall is enabled in Wordfence and more about the plugin
- 20. Further Tweaks To Wordfence Security Plugin
- 21. What to do if you get locked out of WordPress by Wordfence Security Plugin
- 22. Introduction to the Section on Backing-Up
- 23. An Introduction to Backing up and Restoring WordPress Websites
- 24. Recommended WordPress Plug ins for Backing up and Restoring WordPress Sites
- 25. Sheduling Database and File Backups to the Cloud using a free plugin
- 26. How to Restore a WordPress Website from a Backup
- 27. Introduction to the Extra Security Tasks Section
- 28. Install WordPress Securely By Installing Manually
- 29. How To Get the Green Secure Padlock on an HTTPS SSL Website
- 30. Disable error reporting
- 31. Disable File Editing in the WordPress Dashboard
- 32. Protecting the wp-includes folder and the wp-config.php file
- 33. Prevent PHP Execution in the Uploads Directory and Reminder to Update Software
- 34. Conclusion to the course