3 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG FROM HACKERS


Hackers like to target
popular software programs.
(Just ask anyone at
Microsoft and they’ll agree.)
There are WordPress
plug-ins that you can install
for additional security but
there are also some basic
steps that you can take to
help decrease the chances
of your WordPress blog
from being hacked that
don’t include installing
plug-ins.
#1) Don’t Install
WordPress into the
Root Directory
When you install
WordPress (on a self
hosted blog), the default is
to install the software into
the “root” directory of
your blog. Instead, create a
new directory with an
obscure name and install
WordPress into that. This
will make it more difficult for
malicious programs to find
WordPress on your site.
Warning: There are
certain extra steps that
you will need to perform if
you do this including
modifying your general
settings and your
index.php file. Also, if
you’re using permalinks or
other rewrite rules, the
.htaccess file needs to be in
the same location as the
index.php file (i.e.
not the
‘admin’ folder). So, you may
want to buy the book that I
recommend below or
possibly hire a friendly
geek to help. (I’m a Geek
and my rates are
reasonable. )
#2) Don’t Keep the
WordPress Username
ADMIN
Don’t keep the “admin”
password. Use it to create
a new logon with admin
rights. Then, log in and
delete the original admin
password. This is for the
same reason as tip #1.
Hackers know the default
username for a standard
WordPress installation is
ADMIN and they look for it.
This is an easy tip to
follow. I don’t think
warnings are needed for
this one but if anyone can
think of a creative way to
get in trouble with this one,
please let me know.
#3) Keep Your
WordPress Software
Updated
Update your WordPress
installations in a timely
manner. (This is especially
important if the update is
addressing a security risk.)
Again, malicious software
can look for old versions
and compromise them. It’s
one thing to wait until there
are no known problems with
the upgrade process. I use
the Thesis theme. So, I
always search first to make
sure no one else has had
an issue. (I don’t have to
remind anyone to always
backup before upgrading
do I?)

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