WordPress Security Essentials

Blogging can always be very interesting as one tries to post his/her work online. It feels nice to get all the congratulatory and encouraging comments. However, are individuals out to deface one’s creation and beautiful work. However, a few steps maybe undertaken to avert the likelihood of your site being hacked by hacking wizards.

Creating strong passwords

strong passwordsThe first and the easiest steps to protect your blog from being hacked into is usually creation of strong passwords. Creation of a strong password should avoid use of easy or predictable characters in the password. It should contain characters that are not less than eight in number. A whole sentence may also be used as long as it and its characters are well mastered by the user. There are some passwords that exist in the list of any dictionary attack and can easily be guessed.

Further, it should be a combination of lowercase, uppercase letters, symbols and even numbers al incorporated together to come up with a password that no one can easily guess or trail. One does not need to use special characters but they should be in a very unique combination that cannot easily be mastered not even by an on looking person.

Always protect the WordPress administrator folder

To prevent the wrong eyes from getting into the admin folder is a key step to take to secure. Moves such as using loginlockdown-wordpress security plan to ban any ip address that has failed to login correctly for say, 4 times within 5 minutes.

The other step towards protecting the WordPress admin folder is by denying admittance to wd-admin folder by ip address.

Prohibit access to other folders

It should only be accessed only by the allowed peopleWebhosts sometimes allow browsers to view folders especially when they do not have default index.html files. Allowing viewing to these may lead to access your WordPress folders by people with bad intentions. This can be prevented by setting up of a htaccess file or by adding a blank index.html file. This will instantly block access to folders without indexes.

Try updating the WordPress

It is very easy to secure your WordPress by keeping it updated with new versions once they are released. Hey are normally posted on the WordPress dashboard once they are released. It is advisable to install the latest update as soon as possible, which installs the most recent plugins too. When they are regularly updated they reduce security threat to the minimum.

Avoid using the admin username

Hackers easily hack into blogs that use the username “admin”. Naming the username differently may help in challenging hackers in their attempts to corrupt a blog. During installation of WordPress one is normally supposed to give the username they would like to use. If one has an already existing WordPress site, they may follow instructions on how to change username to something different.

Use of double-confirmation

securityThe security of WordPress may be enhanced by enabling double verification. This can be done by use of a confirmation code sent to the browsers mobile phone that is then used to allow further login to WordPress. One of the safest ways is by using Clef to authenticate using mobile phone.

 

Ensuring that site is on a secured WordPress hosting

 

When the hosting account is secure, the WordPress is secure as well.Someone exploiting a vulnerable PHP version for instance or on a hosting platform does not depend on whether you have the latest version of WordPress or not. This is why it is important to be hosted with a company that adheres to blogging ethics and has security of their clients’ blog being paramount. Use of strong firewalls and intrusion detection system may also be an efficient way to keep hackers off your site.

 

Computer should be free of viruses and malware

 

Presence of viruses or counterfeit software may enable potential hackers to gain access to login details and actually make an authentic login to the site while bypassing all other control measures put in place to avert such people from gaining access. It therefore calls for use of a strong anti-virus program to take charge of security of the computer used to access the WordPress site. If not well taken care of one may be their own problem without knowing.

 

REFERENCES

1. WordPress Security Essentials : Four Points Of Vulnerability

2. WordPress Security Essentials: Rename wp-login.php

3. WordPress Security Essentials: Say Goodbye to Hackers

 

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