WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world. Because of this, WordPress doesn’t attract just people who are blogging, it also attracts people who are wanting to hack blogs. The more popular a platform, the more hackers there are. Here is some food for thought: what are you using for WordPress Security? If the answer is nothing, then you are in big trouble.
Let’s talk aboutÂ five basic security precautions you should be taking with any WordPress site.
- Choose Your Username and Password Carefully – One big mistake that people make with usernames on their website is making the username “admin.” That is very easy for someone to figure out. Then it’s just a matter of time before they figure out your password. So, don’t use “admin” as your username on your WordPress sites!
(To fix: Login in as admin and set up a new administrative user, then log in as the new one and delete admin.)
- Update Your WordPress Installation – Updating your WordPress installation is one of the most important security precautions you can take. Chances are, if you are not updating the installation, then you are using an out dated version of WordPress that has known security problems. And this can make it easier for hackers to get in. Whenever WordPress prompts you to update–do it!
- Update Your Plugins – Many people think WordPress hacking comes from the core installation. But, the fact of the matter is, most of the hacking occurs from compromised plugins. One compromised plugin can result in your entire WordPress installation being hacked.
- Backup Your Content – You should regularly backup your content on your WordPress site to increase security. Store a copy on your computer or somewhere not on your site. I recommend backing up weekly.
- Install a WordPress Secuirty Plugin – This type of plugin helps protect your site against hackers.Â There are many to chose from. You can just search in Google for “WordPress Security Plugin.”
Security for you WordPress site is not something to mess around with. Take action today and make sure you follow these basic security steps. What other security methods do you use?