Whether you’d like to sell more products or are just looking for a way to make money from home, blogging is a great option. Launching a blog is easier than ever, but there are additional things you will need to think about. Blog security involves taking several steps using things like plugins, complex passwords and a few best practices. Here are a few ways you can improve blog security on your WordPress site.
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Delete your admin account
The most common name hackers will attempt to break into is “admin,” and if you don’t have a login with that name, they’ll never be able to get in. It would be like trying to pick the lock on your front door when there’s no door.
Update your plugins
Outdated plugins can sometimes be exploited by hackers, especially if said plugins have security holes in them. One reason plugin developers make their updates is to plug those holes, but if you’re still using a plugin that hasn’t been updated in two years, you’re at risk.
Use complex passwords
If you’re using a simple password, you’re going to get hacked sooner rather than later. But if you can use a complex password, they’re going to be more a lot harder to break into.
Use Sucuri Security or other blog security plugins
Sucuri, WordFence and All In One have free options as well as paid upgrades, but iThemes is a paid plugin only. The free versions do quite a lot, but you can always make it stronger for a few dollars — it’s up to you.
Eliminate comment spam
While not necessarily a blog security issue, there are still spammers who like to dump a couple dozen links into a single spam comment. Never mind that Google no longer pays attention to comments for SEO purposes; the spammers don’t seem to have gotten the message.
Have a strong password, delete your admin account, and keep your plugins up-to-date and limited. Finally, make sure you have a solid security system like Sucuri. If you can do all of this, your blog security will be tough enough to make it nearly impossible for hackers to break in.
Of course, nothing is impossible to break into, so make sure you have a good backup system in place just in case something goes wrong.
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