A Few Tips to Keep Your WordPress Blog Protected

When the subject is website safety – especially if the website is built on the WordPress platform – it really doesn’t take a seasoned Web developer to keep your blog safe from most hackers. It simply involves a few simple steps and a few safeguards on your part to make sure that you don’t have problems in the future.

What you can do right now are a few things to begin the process of protecting your WP website, like making sure all your WordPress usernames and passwords are strong, keeping your email secure, locking the IP address of anyone else from your backend C-Panel and installing the Akismet anti-spam plugin.

You would be amazed and surprised at how many people use simple passwords such as their name, their pet’s name or names like test, or test1234 as the password to their WordPress blog. In fact, there are robots or spiders that comb the internet trying to find these websites that have created their passwords using these simple guessable, hackable, stealable codes.

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Instead of making it easy for the hackers, when you set up your WordPress account, don’t use Admin (or admin) as your username, use something that is non-standard such as a nickname; and when your password must be even more difficult to guess. Create your password with at least one number, one uppercase letter or even one punctuation character to ensure that no one can guess it. You can even use your own name as long as it is encoded as shown in this tutorial.

The next thing you should do is make sure that no one has access to your email account. It does you no good to have a strong WordPress password but a weak email password, because someone can always gain access to your WordPress account by using the lost password tool. This means if someone has access to your email account, they can use the lost password and reset your WordPress password which will give him/her access to your website.

This means that you should secure your email, change your password regularly – or use a password creation code – and be very careful who’s computer and whose wireless network you use to check that email.

Now here’s a great thing that any paranoid webmaster can do, using the C-Panel, you can in fact block access to what’s called the WP-Admin Folder in your WordPress site. Basically you can go to a site such as what is my IP.com and it will show you a series of numbers. Now this number corresponds to you on the internet. And you can in fact block everyone on the internet from accessing your WP-Admin Folder, your administrator dashboard, and then only allow this specific IP address that is yours to access it.

This means that even if someone happens to have your WordPress password, even if you have a weak password, you are the only person who can login to that backend. And finally, one thing that every blog owner should do that enables comments on their blog, is to use what is called the Akismet anti-spam plugin. What this does is checks any new comments coming to your blog for spam.

If you don’t have a plugin like this Akismet, your blog will at some point be flooded with thousands and thousands of spam comments flooding your site with all kinds of nasty links and garbage. Install this Akismet anti-spam plugin or turn off comments entirely and that will help your blog from being spammed to death.

Those are some very simple tips to help secure your WordPress blog. Use strong passwords, secure your email, block the WP-Admin IP addresses except for yours in C-Panel, and use the Akismet anti-spam plugin.

Avoid Getting Hacked By Taking Preventive Steps

Did you know that you can take a few easy steps to keep your WordPress blog from getting hacked? I hope you are not losing too much sleep over the possibility of your website and your blogs getting hacked, being taken over, being destroyed or being changed. If you are worried about this kind of thing, there are a few preventative steps you can and should take right now to ensure that your blog is kept safe.

First and most important step is, you should avoid shared and cheap hosting. In addition, you should install trusted themes and plugins, and finally you should keep your computer Spyware free. These are preventive steps that are really not that difficult to complete; but, if for any reason, you experience a problem like website hacking or loss of content due to other unknown reasons, the solution to this is provided in the last paragraph of this post.

What do I mean when I say to avoid shared hosting? I mean that many people, in fact, pay a web host – such as HostGator to have web hosting – and they will take some of their space. They might have for example, one gigabyte of space and they might sell 100 megabytes to you for the same price they pay.

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Now this opens up a few problems, because what if this one person sells space to ten people in the same area? You can understand how this could compromise your own account, can’t you? Let’s face it, there are a few things some people can do to get access to other folders that do not belong to them simply because they belong to the same reseller.

What you are going to want to do is pay at least $20 dollars per month for web hosting. Don’t get sucked into web hosts that will charge you just a dollar or one simple fee for lifetime access. Get a real web host such as HostGator or BlueHost which does charge $20 or $30 dollars per month, but it is well worth it to have the faster performance and extra security.

Now be sure to install themes and plugins that you trust. This means don’t install a plugin that came out just yesterday. Install a plugin or a theme that has real reviews, and just make sure that you are not installing a theme or plugin that contains what’s called Malware because most people don’t realize that any theme or plugin, if it so chooses can actually delete all the files on your website. It can actually copy your whole website and send it off somewhere else.

You need to trust the plugins and the themes that you are using. And finally, keep your computer Spyware free. Install a virus scanner on your local computer, such as AVG and scan it on a regular basis. Think about it, if someone has access to your office computer, your desktop computer and can record every single password you type in, that means just because they have access to your computer, they can now tell what your WordPress password in and login to that as well.

Some simple preventative measures you can take to avoid your site getting hacked is to avoid shared and cheap hosting, install only trusted themes and plugins, and to keep your computer Spyware free. That having been said, just in case your WordPress site is ever hacked into you can replace the entire site and all its content within minutes simply by restoring it from a previous backup. To do this you need to get the Backup Creator tool. It’s great insurance against website content loss!

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