We all know about hackers and identity theft, but have you ever thought about what you would do if your blog was compromised? Imagine how you would feel if all of your hard work and research was either tampered with or even worse…completely gone! Or suppose that your page views were suddenly turned back to zero! Keeping your site secure is something that should be made a priority.
1. You need a WordPress security plugin.
A WordPress plugin will block certain addresses from trying to get into your account and will also alert you to multiple login attempts. These plugins are made specifically to scan your site for compromising activity.
There are several good ones available such as All-in-One WordPress Security & Firewall, WordPress Wordfence Security, and WordPress Bulletproof Security.
Another plugin that can help with keeping your site secure is Login Lockdown which keeps track of how many times someone tries to log in to your site and blocks their attempts after a certain number of tries.
2. You should have an original, secure username, not “Admin.”
Choosing “Admin” as your blog username seems like a great idea. But guess what…it’s not. Why? Because it is an easy one for hackers to guess.
To create a new user name, go to your dashboard and click on “Users.” Click “Add New” and give yourself a new user name. Finally, choose “Administrator” from the drop down menu and save the name that you have just created.
The next time you log in, do it with the new user name, transfer all your blog posts to the new user name, then delete the default user name. This will help to keep your account securely protected from hackers as well as eliminate the chance of blog theft.
3. Use a strong, unique password.
The same advice goes for your password. Your password needs to be something that would be very difficult to guess, with letters, numbers and special characters. Hackers will have a much harder time getting into your site if you have a more complicated username and password. You should also change your password periodically to keep things locked down.
4. Keep your computer system updated.You know those reminders to update and you click, “remind me tomorrow”? Stop doing that. Click To Tweet
It is so important that you update your system immediately. If your computer is compromised, if malware or adware is installed, there is a good chance that your blog could be hacked as well.
You’ve heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, haven’t you? Well, this is that.
5. Keep your WordPress site and all plugins updated to the latest versions.
The same goes for plugins and for your theme. All of your plugins and your theme should also be updated regularly. The reason that updates are important is because with every new release bugs are fixed and features are improved, and as a result, everything runs more smoothly. Keeping everything updated also eliminates many chances of detrimental activity.
6. Backup, backup, backup.
It is SO IMPORTANT that you back up your site. You can never predict when an update or malware could corrupt your entire site. If you have a full backup of your site, you will be able to restore anything that is lost. There are several plugins that are specifically made for this purpose. WordPress Vaultpress, BackupBuddy, and WordPress BackWPup are three popular plugins for backing up your blog.
These are just a few suggestions to keep your site secure. Make website security a priority to keep your blog from being compromised in the future. Click To Tweet