Guest Post by Jasmine who is the chief editor at Best Web Host
WordPress is among one of the most popular blogging platforms used for blogs and websites that are self-hosted. It is relatively secure but that does not mean that you do not have to take precautions against hackers who find ways to get into your site to steal information, corrupt data or to bring your site down.
There are simple things that you can do to protect your website or blog. 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.
Update your WordPress version
Getting the latest version of WordPress would mean that any bugs and issues with security would have been fixed from the previous version. Softwares can almost never be free of threats and vulnerabilities, thus newer versions are always created once the security holes discovered have been fixed.
In the latest versions of WordPress, users have the option of installing automatic updates. With this feature, you do not need to keep finding out if there are newer versions available as it would alert you whenever there is and makes installation easier too.
Change your login name
Most users do not bother to change their login name, which is “admin” by default. Hackers have already one task done if you retain that default login, for they now only have to concentrate on getting your password.
Change your login name by going to your WordPress dashboard and set up a new user account under Users. Give this new user an administrator role, then log out and log back in again with this user account that you have just created. Return to Users again where this time, you need to check the box beside admin and click on Delete. When you are prompted for a confirmation of the deletion that you want to perform, select the â€œAttribute all posts and links to:â€ and pick your new username from the dropdown bar. All your posts will now be transferred to your new user account. Once done, you can now click on Confirm Deletion.
You do not actually need to install any sophisticated software to protect your blogs from hackers. There are many simple things that you are unaware that you can do in order to reduce the risks of your sites being brought down by hackers. The above 4 steps are easy to perform and will provide better security for your site. Happy blogging!