When you create a new WordPress website it’s all too easy to get excited and start creating pages, posts, adding videos and all the other things you want to do to get your site up and running.

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But before you start, there are a few simple things you can do to improve the security of your WordPress website.

  1. Choose a name other than ‘admin’ as your username. Hackers will often trawl websites looking for an easy way in. If you continue to use the default username, that will be one less thing they have to ‘guess’.
  2. Make sure your password isn’t something that lots of people use or that you use yourself on other sites. You’d be surprised how many passwords chosen in 2015/16 included the phrase “StarWars”! Use a password generator from someone like Norton Security to create random strings of letters, numbers and special characters (such as ?>/ etc).
  3. When you’re deciding on a funky new Theme for your WordPress website, make sure you’re downloading it from a reputable source such as WordPress’s own Theme Directory, Themeforest or from a well respected developer.
  4. Plugins are great for increasing the range of things your website can do. But again, make sure you know where you’re downloading them from.
  5. Check your computer’s firewall. Often these come bundled with your computer’s operating system but, if not, you can purchase one from security software firms such as McAfee, Norton or Kaspersky Lab.

Once you’ve done all that, head off and enjoy your new website. You’ll need to keep things up to date with the latest security patches for WordPress, Themes and Plugins of course but the important thing is to have fun creating your new masterpiece!

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