Avoid popularity if you would have peace. – Abraham Lincoln.
Unfortunately, it is not so easy to just give up popularity on internet. If you want to make money from your blog, you need to be popular. Though, popularity comes with great dangers.
Danger of getting hacked or losing your data. And using WordPress only worsens the situation.
Are you a blog owner who is worried about security? Stop worrying then!
We are here to help you with all your security concerns. In this post, I will tell you how you can make your blog more secure. And if you want, we will happily do it for you!
7 Steps To Make Your WordPress Blog Secure
- Use Strong Passwords: First thing you should do is to make sure that you do not have a easy to guess password. Do not keep it something simple like p@ssw0rd. While this may look hard to crack, it is not. Best way is to make an algorithm in your mind that can help you make a new password for every site. Or better, use a password manager like LastPass that can help you to create a hard password that you don’t have to remember. Further reading: Are You Guilty of using Ridiculously Bad Passwords? by Shirley.
- Keep Your Blog Updated: Make sure that all your plugins and themes are up to date in addition to your WordPress install. This ensures that you are safe from old vulnerabilities. If you are too busy to handle all the technical stuff, take a look at our Maintenance Plan. We can update everything for you and keep an eye out for problems.
- Scan Your Blog Regularly: Recently, we had a problem with a client where their site appeared fine to normal visitors but had lot of spam links when Google and other crawlers visited them. No human could have detected this problem. However, Sucuri scanner did and we were able to fix the problem because of that. Make sure you scan your blog at least once a month to avoid anything like this.
- Keep Backups: Backups are your last line of defense. If you have backups outside your server, then you can survive even if aliens teleport your hosting comapny to another planet. All you will have to do is to get your backup, set up a new server and upload backup there(and feel a bit sad for your hosting company!). If you need help with backups, we can help you. They are covered in our awesome maintenance plan. We save 3 daily, 4 weekly and 6 monthly backups of your site so that you’re always safe.
- Install Security Plugins: This is one of the areas where WordPress has become like Windows. Both of these are most commonly used and need security software. Though, with WordPress, all you need to do for security is install security plugins like Limit Login Attempts and Wordfence.
- Change Default Admin Name and Table Prefix: By default, WordPress administrator name is “admin”. It makes it easy for hackers to attempt a brute force on your site. Also, you should change your default table prefix to something else. Use Admin Renamerplugin to change your administrator name and Better WP Security plugin to change the table prefix.
- Delete Unused Plugins and Themes: They do not only slow your site down but also open loopholes into your WordPress blog. So, as a rule of thumb, always delete the plugins you have stopped using. Do same with any themes as well.