Protecting Your WordPress Blog

September 28, 2011

Setting up a WordPress blog is easy. It was designed for easy installation, customization and you just need to activate some plugins to enhance your website’s functionality. After adding content, you may think that you’re already done. However, that’s where your wrong. A lot of people tend to forget about the importance of securing their websites. WordPress being an open source web application is very much open to attacks. If you don’t take the necessary security measures, your site might end up being hacked and valuable information will be stolen or destroyed by these hackers.

There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure the security of your WordPress blog. Below are some of the things you can do:

  • Make sure your WordPress Blog is updated – It is important to regularly update your WordPress installation as well update your plugins. These updates usually contain bug fixes for any security vulnerabilities you may have on your site.
  • Use strong passwords – When setting up accounts on WordPress, it is important to use a combination of upper case and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols for your password. This will decrease the possibility of hackers getting access to your account. Also, make sure that the password you use is not the same for all accounts you use online. You can also use the plugin Login Lock to lower the chances of a brute force attack. This plugin monitors login attempts and blocks IP addresses for too many failed login attempts.
  • Backup your site – You have to be prepared for the worst, so just in case something bad happens to your blog, it will help if you have a backup. This will allow you to easily restore your site if ¬†destroyed by hackers.
  • Avoid using the default login name – By default, the login name used by WordPress is “admin”. You should use another login name to make it difficult for hackers to gain access to your site.
  • Use secret keys in your wp-config.php file – Secret keys are essential in this file. This is the heart of your WordPress installation and it contains all configuration related settings such as your database username and password. Using secret keys will make it more difficult for hackers to hack your blog.

These are just some of the ways you can secure your WordPress blog. It is important that you implement these security measures to avoid having problems with your blog. Don’t wait until it’s already too late.

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