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:
- 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.
- 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.
- I always update my wordpress blogs to the latest version.
- 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,
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.