Essential Tips to Keep Your WordPress Blog Secure
If you have a WordPress Business website you need to be concerned with security just like you do with any website. Hackers are always looking for an opportunity to attack a site and your WordPress website could be a target. Here are some essential tips to help keep your website secure and hacker free.
- Maintaining backups – Keep backups of your entire WordPressBusiness website. This is just as vital as it is to keep your site secure from hackers. If the hackers are successful at least you will have a full backup files to get your site up and running again quickly.
- Changing default “wp_” Prefixes – Your WordPress Business website might be at risk if you are using the predictable wp_ prefixes in your database. Use the WP Security Scan plugin.
- Keep WordPress core files & Plugins up to date – One the easiest ways to keep your WordPress site safe is to imply make sure your files are always current. Here are few ways you can do that:
- Deactivate & remove plugins not used – Unused plugin will eventually become outdated and can cause a security risk so it is best to delete
- Login to your dashboard frequently –When an update is available you will see a A yellow notification at the top of your dashboard. Login frequently and keep up to date with the most recent WordPress files. Subscribe to WordPress Releases.
That’s just a few essential tips to keep your WordPress blog secure. There are plenty of others. Remember the more you do the less you are at risk.
Discover Just How Hackers Will Determine Your Password
Sadly, even with all the talk about passwords, many are still creating passwords that the hackers have no trouble breaking. So, let’s look at just how a hacker determines your password, because this could help you understand just what you need to do to create a strong password.
Sometimes, it’s as easy as a user creating a password like 12345 or 54321 and thinking they are secure that gets them in trouble, but some people actually do try to create a good password and still find they have been hacked. That’s because hackers have gotten very smart at cracking passwords.
- Variations – The programs these hackers use allow them to try many variations. So simply placing a number or character at the end of your password will not make it much more safe.
- Tricks – Hackers know most of the same tricks you do for coming up with a password. They know that a person replaces certain letters with numbers or symbols. They know that a person replaces phrases, words or quotes. If you read about a trick to make your password stronger, remember the hackers likely also read about it and so will implement it in their hacking schemes.
- Predictable – You may think your password is random, but it likely isn’t. People are much more predictable than you might think, and the hackers will take advantage of that. If you think choosing a phrase from the Bible, is safe think again. If you think a phrase from a literature piece is safe, you’d be wrong. Hackers use dictionaries to find words that can be used as passwords, but they also use tools like YouTube, or Wikipedia, to name just a couple, to discover the most common quotes and phrases, to learn what slang is currently popular, and even to find words that have been made
- Password Breaches – Whenever hackers explore a volume of password data, they are able to get a better understanding of just how people arrive at their passwords that goes far beyond common words and
- Brute Force – There is no question that often hackers will rely on what are called brute force technique, which will run through millions of password combinations in short periods of time. Hackers can use these tools offline so using login limiters is of no benefit in these cases.
Now that you have a better understanding of how hackers figure out your password, you’ll be able to create a stronger password.
10 Must Use Plugins to Improve Your WordPress Security
If you have a WordPress website, security should be a primary concern of yours. In many cases WordPress blogs are at risk because of outdated plugins and files. These outdated files can be traced by hackers making them a prime choice. If you want to keep your blog away from the hackers make sure you are always up to date and ensure these 10 plugins are installed.
#1 Login Lockdown – The Login Lockdown plugin will assist you to lock attempts after a specified period of time and/or specified number of attempts to log in to your admin panel keeping your site that much more secure, because hackers can’t continue to try until successful
#2 Stealth Login – The Stealth Login plugin will assist you to create custom URL addresses for login, for your registering and for your logout of WordPress.
#3 User Locker – If your goal is to stop brute-force hacking on your website, then the User Locker plugin is exactly what you need. The User Locker works on the same system as the Login Lockdown plugin. However, it is a 5-stars rated WP plugin and those who use it think highly of it.
#4 Login Encryption – Login Encrypt is another security plugin. It takes advantage of complex combinations of DES and RSA to both encrypt and secure logging into the admin panel keeping your site safer.
#5 Antivirus – Antivirus is a popular security plugin which will assist you in keeping your WordPerss blog secured against viruses, malwares, and bots.
#6 Exploit Scanner – Search the files and database of your WordPress install for any signs that your files or your WordPress database have been compromised to ruthless hackers. Even though it is another plugin that scans it’s still worth trying.
#7 Block Bad Queries – This plugin attempts to block away all malicious queries attempted on your server and WordPress blog. It works in background, checking for excessively long request strings (i.e., greater than 255 chars), as well as the presence of either “eval(” or “base64” in the request URI.
#8 WP-DB Manager -This is an excellent plugin that lets you manage your WP database. You can use it rather than WordPress Backup Manager.
#9 Limit Login Attempts – The Limit Login Attempts plugin blocks the internet address from making any further attempts after a specified limit of retries has been reached. This plugin makes it more difficult for a hacker to use a brute-force attack.
#10 Ask Apache Password Protect – This plugin will not mess with your WordPress database and it doesn’t control WordPress but rather it uses reliable built-in security features to add numerous multiple layers of security to your WordPress blog.
The last thing you need to do is make sure you are taking regular backups of your site files and database(s). That way should the unthinkable happen, you will at least have a backup safely stored away, which will certainly reduce your stress.
One of the most popular plugins for doing this is called ‘WordPress Backup to Dropbox.’ This will create a backup and then upload that backup to Dropbox for safe keeping. You can also email that backup to yourself. That’s because the Dropbox plugin keeps only one backup, so sending to yourself allows you to keep many versions.
Get busy; add your plugin(s), change your passwords, make your backups and make your site as secure as possible.
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