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!
How about not wanting your numbers to be skewed? You think you’ve had thousands of readers on your blog, but in reality half of them or more are harmful bots. To protect yourself, you must secure your WordPress site.
Keeping your site secure is something that should be made a priority.
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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 and bot activity. These plugins are made specifically to scan your site for any compromising activity.
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 need an updated firewall on your blog.
If you use the Securi Scanner plugin, there is a reliable firewall included in the package. Be sure to install it and to keep it updated.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Keep your computer system updated.
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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.
6. 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.
7. Backup, backup, backup to secure your WordPress site
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 different ways to back up your site:
One is by doing a complete backup. There are plugins that will back up your entire website including the database and all of your WordPress files.
Another way is by backing up only the database.
The third way is by having a scheduled backup at that runs automatically at certain times.
There are several plugins that are specifically made to back up a blog. One is UpdraftPlus. This plugin will do all three types of backing up as listed above.
Another reliable plugin is BackupBuddy. Not only will this plug in take care of backing up your blog, but it will also restore your site or help you to move your site if needed.
Try these tips to secure your WordPress site. These suggestions will help to protect your blog from hackers. After putting in countless hours, you surely don’t want to have your information compromised!