Over the passing years blogging has gained widespread popularity as a trend. Given the platform it provides an individual or an organization to exhibit itself and portrays its various facets has what got the world mesmerized to the blogging culture. Need an audience? Create a blog!
The increase in blogging has propelled the application of wordpress. WordPress is an open source blogging tool and publishing platform, powered by PHP and MySQL. Its plug-in architecture and user friendly attributes have lead it to enjoy the reputation of being a “Blogger’s paradise.” The popularity can be measured by the fact that users are now spending high bucks for wordpress development, for having a unique customized look for their blogs and portals by employing professional wordpress designers and wordpress developers.
However, WordPress lack on the security point of view. Any reckless mind with bad feelings can easily temper with your account by acquiring the source codes. Hackers can conveniently encroach upon the thousands of blogs running on WordPress. This article aims at understanding a few steps you can take as a user to ensure the safety of your blog. Just certain simple steps taken pro-actively can sustain the security of your blog. They are as mentioned below:
Keep your blog updated
Keeping your blog upgraded has been made really easy with the constant updates provided by wordpress. Make sure you have the latest available plug-ins, themes, etc. and also do keep yourself updated about the new innovations in blogging services by keeping a check on technical blogs and newsletters, etc. Here it should be noted that the majority of wordpress blogs are attacked by hackers because they are running on a previous version. The older versions is susceptible to easy hacking as it contains several loopholes thus make certain that you have downloaded the latest version and have been working upon the same.
Always maintain a Back Up for your Blog
A back up is really crucial in minimizing the risk involved. Keep your data in a secured password protected location. Furthermore, you can either employ back up software for a readymade back up of the blog data, or you may do the same manually. WordPress back up plug-ins can also prove to be handy.
Pay attention to your passwords
Get a stronger password, use variation among the cases, add numbers, etc. but make it something that would be hard to guess. Don’t make it obvious like your birth date, your better half’s name etc. Also never share your password with anyone.
Protect your WordPress-admin folder
This is the backbone of the security concerns. Keep the wordpress admin folder password protected. It would also be advisable to keep the IP address under the wraps.
Check Plug-ins and other Downloads for Virus Scan
Pay undivided attention while downloading something on your wordpress blog. Download only from the trusted sources else don’t. Scan through the plug-ins file before downloading to interpret the security of the blog.
Do not use Default Account
One of the major blunders you can make is to keep admin user account name as Default. A default account makes the blog highly vulnerable as they can easily be hacked.
Never share WordPress Version Number
People don’t think it’s a big deal to share their WordPress version number. However, they don’t know that any person can attack their blog if they are aware of the version number. Thus better remove the version number from the source code of your blog to ascertain security.
Limit the access of Search engines
Never reveal the complete content index of your blog to the search engines. Limited access would make certain only very limited opportunities for the hackers to break through your blog.
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