arnold on Mar 23, 2022
One of the first things you should do when you get a WordPress website set up is to install an antivirus program into WordPress. WordPress sites are easily hacked, especially in their early days.
One of the easiest AntiVirus plugins you can install is called Sucuri. Sucuri has a free and a premium version and the free version works great for most small businesses.
To Install Sucuri you need to first log in to your WordPress dashboard. Then go to Plugins -> Add New and search for Sucuri. Then Click Install Now, then click Activate as shown below.
Once you do this Sucuri will be installed and should do an autoscan in the background. Do not worry about that right now. Go to your new Sucuri Security tab in your dashboard and click Settings. Then click the Hardening tab. Then find the Disable Plugin and Theme Editor option and click Apply Hardening as shown below.
Next Click Generate API Key at the top. Now go ahead and fill out everything as shown and click Submit.
Lastly Go To The Scanner Tab in Sucuri.
Select all the Sucuri Tasks and click Submit as shown below.
You will see a message that shows your tasks are about to run.
That is pretty much all you need to do for a basic, free setup. You can also check out your Alerts tab to adjust your email settings. Sucuri does send a lot of messages sometimes so adjust accordingly.