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:

  1. You need to log in to your WordPress dashboard and Go to Appearance > Editor.
  2. Click on the Header file on the right hand side.
  3. When you see codes on the left, search for a line that looks something like: php bloginfo(’version’); ?>” />
  4. Delete this and click on the “Update File” button.

(Source: ZMD94)

Go to the source to find out other precautionary steps to take.

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About brvanlanen

Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on February 22, 2011, in Blogging, Security tips, WordPress and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Securing your WordPress blog.

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