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If you have a wordpress blog or website – wordpress security must be an issue for you.

I’m sure you must have heard about hackers attacking blogs and websites of other people. The damage done by them can be enormous, especially when the particular blog was high page ranked, displaying high in search engines, and profitable. This is not the only type of websites attacked by hackers. The reasoning behind their acts can’t be explained as logical. They will destroy it for fun. I know stories of people who one day, instead of their website saw a short note informing them that their website has been blocked by google due to the thread it carries to other internet users. It was a result of hacker attack, who made changes to the website.

How can it be avoided?

Security of my wordpress blogs has always been one of the vital issues for me. That’s why I apply various measures of protection.

Here are some of them:

  1. I  back up my blogs regularly using a free plugin WP DB backup. If anything happens I can always restore my blog to the last settings. I use WP security Scan free plugin to scan my blog regularly and wordpress firewall to block  suspicious-looking requests to WordPress. You can read more about some of these plugins from my blog post Top 10 free wordpress plugins.
  2. I protect an access to important files on the blog’s server by putting an index.html file in the particular directory, which hides the files from public view.
  3. I always update my wordpress blogs to the latest version.
  4. I change username and password regularly, creating complicated new ones, as there is a software hackers use to crack your username and password. The simpler they are, the easier for them. Changing username and password is simple and easy:

a) to change the password, in your dashboard go to Users and than Your Profile. At the bottom of the displayed page fill in your new password and save. Have a look at the screenshots below to help you go through the process,

Blog Security

Security of Blog

b) to change the username, in your dashboard go to Users and then Add New. You have to fill the empty spaces for the new user, choosing his role as an administrator. After that log out and log in again and erase the profile of the first user.

These are only some of the things I do to protect my blogs. Great thing is that they don’t require much time to do.

Most of the stuff I showed you I learned from John Hoff. I visit his blog quite often and I really like his professional approach and support.  I studied his WP Defender toolkit quite thoroughly. It consists of pdf manual and step by step videos to help implement all of the security measures and wordpress security techniques, tested by him and used on a daily basis to protect his clients’ wordpress blogs and websites.  He had a huge reason to develop such product, as one day his wife’s highly page ranked website was damaged by hackers.

If you are, like me, serious about your WordPress Security get WP DEFENDER right now.

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13 comments…
  • Martyna Bizdra March 30, 2010, 7:46 am

    hey Justyna!

    very helpful, as my blog is my property:) I will not give it up
    I have bought the book already!

    thanks, Hasta Mañana:)

    Martyna

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    • Justyna Bizdra March 30, 2010, 7:02 pm

      Hi Martyna,

      thanks a lot for your comment. It is definitely a great step to protect your self-hosted blogs and you couldn’t have chosen better than purchasing John Hoff’s stuff:)

      Reply
  • Keith Davis March 30, 2010, 6:43 pm

    Hi Justyna
    Like you most of my security measures have come from John’s site – he explains things so clearly.

    I’ve just bought his eBook, got to be great value for a little peace of mind.
    Would recommend John’s book to anyone with a Wordpress blog.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

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    • Justyna Bizdra March 30, 2010, 7:10 pm

      Hi Keith,
      Nice to see your comment. John’s stuff is truly reliable and I really like the complexity of his solutions. Cool to have such minds around:)
      Good luck with your implementation of the WP Defender security measures!

      Reply
  • Keith Davis March 30, 2010, 7:20 pm

    Thanks Justyna
    I don’t pretend to understand John’s solutions but he certainly explains in simple language ho to do things.

    Some of the security plugins he mentions are super easy to install.
    I’ll be working way way through his other suggestions a bit at a time.
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

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  • Barb Hartsook April 2, 2010, 4:03 pm

    Hi Justyna. Yes, I’ve bought the book and have begun the process of securing by blog better. (I was hacked, and it’s a horrible happening!)

    Thanks for your extra steps here in addition to what John Hoff gives us.
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings =-.

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    • Justyna Bizdra April 3, 2010, 5:31 pm

      Hi Barb,

      Thanks for sharing the experience you had. It must have been definitely painful!!
      John’s book is really worth every penny:)
      Hackers stay away;)

      Reply
  • link building services April 3, 2010, 9:17 am

    Updating wordpress to the latest version is fairly easy. But doing regular backups is difficult. For some time I used a plugin that did automatic backups. But at one point the plugin had a hick-up and the whole site went down.
    .-= link building services´s last blog ..Contextual Link Building – Is it Worth the Effort? =-.

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    I like the approach you took with this topic. It is not often that you find a subject so to the point and enlightening.

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  • Ligia Patria December 25, 2010, 5:48 pm

    I’m still learning from you, while I’m improving myself. I certainly love reading all that is posted on your blog.Keep the posts coming. I enjoyed it!

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    When we live off an online business or blog, web security is crucial to us, mainly because any breach in security can hinder our business processes.

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