What’s up guys, Welcome back to another tutorial from SaveFreeStuff website and In this Tutorial I’m gonna show you website security tips for how to protect your website from hackers and this can be done in less than one minute. I’ll also show you how to scan your website for malware anytime you want as well as how to add a padlock (SSL) to your site’s URL in order to show people that your website is safe and secure. Before starting this tutorial First let’s answer the question
Why do hackers hack websites?
1. Obtain Credit Card Information.
Well most people think it’s number one to obtain credit card information and yes this is a big one but let’s say that you don’t have credit card information on your site. Well what other reasons might people hack you.
2. Contact info that can later be sold to unethical marketers.
You can be hacked for contact info that can later be sold to unethical marketers.
3. Hack Usernames and Passwords for server resources
You can be hacked for user names and passwords to gain control over the server that your website is hosted on.
4. Malvertising (Sending spams to website visitors or E-mail subscribers)
Another reason this is sending spam to your website visitors and/or subscribers.
5. SEO Spam
SEO spam using your site’s authority to promote fake information on google or for any other classified information that you might have on your website.
Let’s Website Security Tips.
Okay So let’s make sure none of that happens. So let me show you how to secure your website so first thing that you’re going to want to do is log in to your WordPress dashboard and then we’re going to be activating a plug-in called iThemes security.
iThemes security is one of the highest rated security plugins out there and it’s very easy to use. So in order to get it just gone over to plugins and then go over to add new and then just go over to the search bar and type in iTheme security and then you can see the plugin right here and it’s got almost a million active installations.
So you know that it is super legit. We’re going to go ahead and click on Install Now and then just click on activate. Okay so now we’re brought back to all of our installed plugins and now if you look on the left hand menu and you scroll down you’ll see a new menu item called security.
Just go ahead and click on that and then it’s going to automatically take you into these security check and this is basically going to just configure all of your settings and it’s going to enable all of these features here. So now we can just click on secure site and just like that it enabled all of these awesome security features except for the network brute force protection.
Basically what this means is that any other site that is running ithemes security and is connected to this network if that website gets hacked by a hacker or a bot or any other form of malware it will notify all the other sites on the network so that they can be protected from that site. So it is optional but I highly recommend using it.
So I’m going to go ahead and put in my email address and then it will ask if you want to receive email updates I’m gonna go ahead and leave that as no and then click on activate Network brute force protection. Cool and just like that all of our settings are configured so just go ahead and click on close.
Okay and here we are inside the iTheme settings and honestly you can leave all these exactly the way that they are iThemes has already set this up to protect your site as best as possible. Now one thing that we are going to enable though is the SSL certificate and that is going to be our little lock symbol up here so as you can see right now my site says secure.
You can only do this if when you signed up for your website. It came with an SSL certificate included or you purchase one separately. So you just going to go ahead and click on configure settings and also keep in mind that configuring this will log you out of WordPress and You’re gonna have to log back in and it’ll give you a little message that says make sure that your site supports SSL which it does because it came included with site. So you going to go ahead and change this to enabled and then go to save settings.
Okay So now we’re logged out and we have to log back in but what I’m gonna do is provide an invalid username and password. So that I can show you where this information is going to show up for you to check that stuff. So I’m just going to put in the wrong username and password and of course it’s not going to let me in.
So now you can see that we have got our padlock symbol next to our URL that says that this site is safe. So now I’m going to show you where that invalid login attempt can be seen. So if we just go down to security and then we go over to logs and then you just go over to notices here is where you can see that invalid login. So if anyone tries to hack in your website this information will show up here with the time.
Scan Your Website For Malware
Now let me show you how to scan your website for malware. So it doesn’t matter which page you’re on in the ithemes security plug-in if you just scroll down you will see malware scan right here and you can just go ahead and click scan homepage for malware.
Cool and it looks like my website is clean and good to go and if it’s not it will show up here.
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