Are you afraid of hackers and cybercriminals? In this post, I will show you how to make your blog more secure in just three simple steps.
Everybody loves WordPress. In fact, it’s so popular that almost 25 % of all websites out there use WordPress as their content management system (CMS) and more than 60 million websites use it as blogging software.
But with the celebrity status also come dangers, and so it’s not surprising that WordPress installations often are targeted by hackers.
But fear not, there are several ways to protect your precious content from the evil that’s lurking in the shadows of the world wide web. Read along and find out how to make your blog more secure in just three simple steps.
1.) Update, update, update
Did I say update? Yes indeed – keeping your WordPress website up to date is the most vital step to avoid unnecessary vulnerabilities. One big plus of WordPress is that it’s constantly developed to fix bugs and security breaches. But you should not only update the core files but also your theme files. And while you are at it, don’t forget your plugins. Updates normally only take a few minutes and it’s time well spent, especially compared to the nightmare you have if your site is hacked and you need to restore it.
Pro Tip: Before you update, don’t forget to have a backup in place!
2.) Choose another username than “admin” and a really secure password
The default username you are given as an administrator is “admin”. This is neither very secure nor original. Cybercriminals are aware of this fact and try to exploit that issue. You can simply avoid those attacks by choosing a different username for your login – the more complex, the more secure.
I hate to break the news to you, but 1234, secret or your name are really bad password ideas. Generate a strong password, combinations of letters, numbers and special characters work best. If you don’t know how to create one, you can always use a password generator on the web. Write that password & your username down and store it in your desk.
3.) Install Security Plugins
There are so many plugins you can use to make your website more secure (probably worth another article in the future). A good start is to install a plugin that limits login attempts. Sometimes, hackers use scripts to guess passwords, and since by default WordPress allows unlimited tries to log in, they can try over and over to hack your site. By installing a plugin like Login LockDown you can block specific IPs after a number of certain login attempts and prevent cybercriminals from trying to log into your site over and over again.
What will you be doing today to make your blog more secure? Tell me in the comments!
With love, sparkles & pixie dust