Securing your WordPress blog
It’s important to take precautions to prevent hackers from finding ways into your blog site. Here are some to implement:
You do not need to have excellent programming or technical knowledge to do any of these:
Use a strong password
As it is with all the other passwords that you maintain for your online banking or other secure transactions, your password for WordPress should ideally be made up of upper and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols used as a better security measure. It is surprising how many people use passwords like “password”, “iloveyou” and “123456″.
Regardless of how strong the password is, it is recommended that you change your password at least once every 3 months.
Do not reveal your WordPress version
Hackers can plan a specific attack on your website if they know the security issues that the version is faced with. The version of WordPress is usually included in the theme that is used. To remove this information from your website:
- You need to log in to your WordPress dashboard and Go to Appearance > Editor.
- Click on the Header file on the right hand side.
- When you see codes on the left, search for a line that looks something like: php bloginfo(’version’); ?>” />
- Delete this and click on the “Update File” button.
Go to the source to find out other precautionary steps to take.
- BulletProof Security (WordPress Plugin) – Serious vulnerability / backdoor (sucuri.net)
- 3 WordPress Habits That Make Hackers Happy (bloggingpro.com)
Posted on February 22, 2011, in Blogging, Security tips, WordPress and tagged Blog, Header file, Online banking, Password, Security, Source code, WordPress. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Securing your WordPress blog.