Welp, I just got your social security number, bank account numbers, and every social media account you’ve ever owned; congratulations (NOT REALLY). Just because you let me click and sign onto your WordPress site.
I didn’t really, but how scary would that be? It happens all the time on unprotected sites, people forget to protect themselves until it’s too late; don’t be that statistic, get yourself some security.
My go-to for website security for WordPress is a plugin called Wordfence Security. It protects my site from Viruses, Malware, Key-loggers, Macros, you name it. But honestly, I could care less what it protects me from, because most protect from all types to various degrees; no, why I got Wordfence is because I was able to install, optimize, and automate it all within ten minutes. I don’t have time to go through coding and manually secure every page of my site, I got a blog post to spew out.
Before I break down the optimization of Wordfence Security into a SINGLE post, I must warn you, there will likely be affiliate links and whatnot that give me money in various ways. If they interest you, click it, if they don’t ignore them; quick, simple, easy, just how I like it.
Wordfence Security Setup
First thing, install the plugin; I’m not going to explain how to find it on the Add New tab within the WordPress Dashboard. Then, I won’t explain how to search Wordfence Security in the search-bar. Lastly, I definitely, will not, cannot, won’t-not explain how you click Install>>Activate that gets Wordfence onto your site.
I will however start off after it’s been activated, and you see it on the WordPress admin bar (Left side).
Once you see and click on it you will come to the plugin’s dashboard, where you’ll see notifications and stats about their IP blockage, failed logins, and all those thwarted cyber-attacks.
But that’s enough about the overview, lets get into setting your site’s security.
Step 1: Scanning your Site
Hover over the Wordfence icon in your Admin Bar>>see the “Scan” word, Click It.
You’ll come to a page that looks like this:
In the Middle-Left of that page you will see the phrase “Start New Scan”>>Click It.
During this scan Wordfence will look for abnormalities within your WordPress’ core and plugin files. If the file contains suspicious coding, malicious urls, or even naughty viruses, WF will let you know as it’s scanning.
Once the scan is complete you’ll see the results page, as seen above.
Step 2: Setup the Firewall
This plugin also comes with a two-tier protection firewall, which the first tier ends up running like any other plugin; protects from threats after everything loads in.
The second tier is coined as the ‘extended protection,’ which lets Wordfence provide protection even before the core of WordPress comes in.
Setting this up is simple.
Hover over the Wordfence icon on the admin panel again, see ‘Firewall’?>>Click it.
Middle left of this dashboard you will see Manage WAF (shown below)
Next, in the middle of this screen you’ll see the ‘Optimize the Wordfence Firewall’
Click it and Wordfence will start running tests to check the server’s layout and if it differs from the normal mode.
After that, Wordfence will tell you to download a .htaccess backup just incase
Once the update finished you will end up back on the firewall page with a; “Congratulations, you’re not a complete novice now!”
Not really, it’ll say “Protection Level—Extended Protection;” Along with a “Firewall Status—Learning Mode”
This Learning mode automatically separates legitimate users from bots and auto-crawlers that sometimes can plague a site.
Wham, bam, thank you ma’am, your site security is officially set up and I can’t come in and take some of your delicious information.
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