WordPress is the most famous blogging platform used these days. When we think of starting a Professional Blog, we opt for WordPress not because it is easy to use but because it provides us with various functionalities such as plugins, themes and widgets which make Blogging a lot easier. I can bet anyone that with WordPress, anyone can Blog even without any knowledge about programming (Yes, we can use it without the knowledge of even HTML).
When it comes to security, WordPress is considered to be very secure as it is generally used for self-hosting and some other security tools which make it secure enough to be used without any support. But as it is said that everything is possible for Hackers, you will always find someone or the other trying to get you in trouble by finding a way to crack into accounts or sites to cause damage or inject hidden spammy links. So to make your Blog more secure we make do some easy efforts from our side.
Here are some worth-mentioning tips:
- Update your WordPress Software regularly
In today’s cyber world, there is no system which is 100% bug-free. Same is the case with WordPress. So we would recommend you to update your WordPress installation regularly (The current version in use isWP 3.2.1).Also, ensure that if you are manually updating your copy of WordPress, we will recommend you to download the new version from the WordPress Official Website
- Use a Very strong Password
Password based entry is the most used way by which someone can access your Blog’s administration tools. So keep the password difficult to be guessed by using all combinations possible including Small, large alphabets, number and symbols.
- Keep an eye on file access permission
File access attributes must be taken care as required. The WordPress Codex has an outline of what permissions are acceptable and must be used.
- Check your htaccess file
htaccess file is available in the default folder of your Hosting. You can use them to block some IP addresses which are causing problem.
- Use secret keys in wp-config.php
It is the most important file in WordPress as it contains information about database connectivity such as database username and password. Using a secret key, you can make it even more difficult for someone to gain access to your account.
- Use Secure WordPress Plugin
Secure WordPress is an ultimate plugin which will for all the prelims for securing your copy of WordPress.
- Remove Login link from Blog
The default look of the wordpress Blog have links to the login page which makes it easier for hackers to get to the gateway directly with ease.So don’t give them any link as giving them link for login page is like hitting our own leg with Axe.
- Database Backup
Keep back-up of you WordPress datbase on regular basis so that if there is a forgery or hacking event such that hacker deletes you content, then you can get those back.
- Disabling Right click
This is a bit tricky but disabling right click would not allow people to get source code and also protects anyone from copying your content directly.
- Make an empty wp-content/plugins/index.html file
Sometimes you leak information on which plug-ins you run. If someone wanted to hack your blog, they might be able to do it by discovering that you run an out-of-date plugin on your blog and then they could exploit that.
- Using Theme with Bugs
Themes, which are free one, are fully of bugs. This is one of the reasons unauthenticated users can easily enter into the WordPress blogs.
If you blog with WordPress and know some other way to secure your Blog, then do let us know, we would love to hear them!