WordPress Secure Login: 5 Steps to Protecting Your Login Page


Dani Nolan


2019 March 20th


With cyber attacks, and, more specifically, brute force attacks on the rise, keeping your WordPress website secure should be a top priority. Cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated by the day, so it’s crucial that you protect your content and data from harm.

Your WordPress login page could be an entry point for hackers, so in this post, I'll concentrate on WordPress login security.

Fully protecting your WordPress login page cannot be accomplished by using a single technique - I suggest combining several methods (ideally, all the ones I will mention).

Here are the top five ways to ensure a successful WordPress secure login.

1. Use a strong password
2. Limit the number of login attempts
3. Hide your login page
4. Get an SSL certificate
5. Enable two-step authentication

1. Use a Strong Password

Typically, brute forcing a login page is among the most common forms of web attacks that websites are likely to face.

To ensure a WordPress secure login, it’s essential that your login credentials are not easy to figure out. It’s a shame that despite warnings from many online safety experts, most individuals continue to use common and simple to crack passwords. Though they are convenient and easy to remember, they could make your website a potential target.

wordpress secure login password generatorFor effective WordPress login security, avoid passwords like: 12345, password, your name, your birthday, etc. If you’re using any of these passwords, the security of your website will likely be compromised, sooner or later.

For really strong and complicated passwords, you could use a password generator.

For instance, it extremely hard to crack a cryptic password such as 'fgG5%!%wrq'. These passwords are a pain to remember, but you can use password management software to keep track.

Or you could opt for something that is easier for you to remember then add some random numbers, letters, and symbols to it.

OR you could pick several words and merge them together for something completely unguessable by both machines and humans.

2. Limit the Number of Login Attempts

Remarkably simple, yet extremely effective, limiting the number of login attempts will ensure that you stop attackers right in their tracks. You can do this by installing a LockDown plugin. As an extra security measure, limit the failed login attempts to, let’s say, at least five.

Then, after five failed login attempts, the site will block temporarily block their IP for some time based on your settings. It could be five minutes, 15 minutes or even longer.

wordpress secure login lockdown

Most of the attackers usually use the trial and error method to gain access, meaning they have to try different password combinations repeatedly. Limiting login attempts effectively lowers the chances of them guessing the right combination. 

3. Hide Your Login Page

For a hacker to use the brute force method to access your site, they first have to find your login page. It's usually very easy to do since the majority of WordPress-based websites use the same URL for this page. So, an excellent way to maintain a WordPress secure login is to use security through obscurity - hiding the login page from any prying eyes.

wordpress secure login hide login

The easiest way to do this is to use a plugin, such as WPS Hide Login. This plugin changes the default /wp-login page URL to a custom one of your choiceallowing you to keep the attackers away from your site by hiding an entry point.

4. Get an SSL Certificate

Also known as Secure Socket Layer, this is an additional level of security. SSL certificate creates and maintains encrypted links between internet browsers and a web server. This means that the sent data is encrypted. Therefore, if anyone were to intercept your information between your browser and server, they would not be able to crack or understand what the data means.

Besides the browser-server data transfer, SSL is also effective at concealing browser-server login access.

You can get a SSL certificate from your hosting provider. Usually, more expensive hosting plans include it for free. With the login credentials 'locked' down, you can safely log into your site without having to worry about any attack beyond your reach.

5. Enable Two-Step Authentication

Another security measure you can take is enabling two-step authentication. Using the Google Authenticator plugin as well as iPhone/Android app on your phone is the easiest way to add this layer of security. 

google authenticator codeIt works in a simple way - every time you (or someone else) tries to log in, you will get a notification on your phone with a generated verification code.

This code is used alongside your username and password when logging in.

Adding an additional credential is a simple yet effective way of protecting your site since hackers usually will not have access to your phone (hopefully).

WordPress Secure Login: Implement Additional Security

It’s always important to realize that regardless of how good WordPress security might be, there's always the chance that it can be compromised. It’s crucial to use additional security tools to guarantee the ultimate WordPress secure login.

The more you care about your WordPress site security, the harder it gets for any hacker to break in. With brute force on the rise, the best ways to protect your WordPress site is to hide your login page and WP-Admin page, choose a strong password, opt for two-step authentication, get SSL and limit the number of failed login attempts.

These strategies should help secure your WordPress site giving you peace of mind.

How do you protect your WordPress login page? Comment down below.

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