Password Protected Categories WordPress

Cyber Security

Password protection is a must if you want to protect your WordPress website. Here’s a quick guide to help you protect your WordPress website.

How do I password protect my WordPress website?

You can use either a plugin or HTTP authentication to protect your entire WordPress website.

Plugins are usually the easiest route. You can even get one for free called Password Protected.

Your host should be able to give you instructions on how to password protect WordPress websites on the servers. It will usually be an option in your dashboard. This will require users to enter a password before the website loading. It’s best kept for development environments or staging.

How do you password protect a category in WordPress?

There are many ways to protect WordPress categories, but the easiest is to use the Password Protected Categories WordPress plugin.

Although the plugin is fairly self-explanatory, it does have one quirk. The box is marked “Only one post” This means that viewers can still see posts from your homepage and the archive but not the category. It is automatically left empty and it is difficult to see why you should check it.

How to protect individual pages, posts, or WooCommerce products with a password

This feature is already built into WordPress. You can find the Visibility option in the WordPress Editor by going to the post, page, or WooCommerce product you are interested in. Click on Edit, and select Password-Protected. If you do not have a password, your post will not be visible when you publish it or update it.

You can protect certain sections of WordPress posts

Pastor – Password Protection is a free plugin that allows you to password-protect and CAPTCHA-protect specific sections of your posts. This plugin can be used to protect pages, posts, and WooCommerce products. However, you don’t have to do so as WordPress already has this option.

Pastor is more commonly used to enable CAPTCHA than to create passwords. You can, for example, show a portion of a post to allow a human to see if they would like it. You can then cover the rest using Passster and secure it with a CAPTCHA. This will only be possible if you are a human, and not a bot or spammer.

Password protection is only as good as the password

Anyone familiar with the internet will know that passwords should be strong and unique to protect your accounts. However, in the real world, people often reuse the same password across multiple accounts, sometimes changing it slightly.

If you find this familiar, commit yourself to use strong passwords for all important accounts. This includes your WordPress website.

Use two-factor authentication whenever possible

Two-factor authentication can increase the security of WordPress websites. It is not a panacea and should not be used in place of a strong password. TFA can be broken if implemented via text message and not through tokens (as it is usually).

Manage your users properly

After repeated unsuccessful password attempts, it is strongly advised to block the user. It is recommended that you block users after three failed password attempts. However, it is up to your discretion. You can be generous but not too generous. Otherwise, it could lead to brute force attacks.

It is also a good idea to log out admin users after they’ve been idle for a while. This is not as important because they are often at their computer doing something else or have locked their computer to log out from the website. However, it does offer some protection from unauthorized access to legitimate user’s credentials.

Credential-sharing

Each user should have their own set of credentials. Make it clear that they are only for their use. Give temporary access to someone (or an upgrade to admin) and then revoke their credentials.