5 Simple Ways to Boost WordPress Security

Online security is extremely important and something that cannot be taken casually. You have to safely secure your accounts so that no one can hack into your blog. Though WordPress offers one of the best user-friendly environments, it is up to you to keep your blog secure. Here are a few simple tips to boost the security of your WordPress blog.

Tips to ensure wordpress security and protect a blog

Never use common names like ‘admin’ and ‘blogger’ as your username

Many people make the mistake of using common words as their username. When WordPress 3.0 version was released, the default username used to be ‘admin’ and many including the hackers knew about this. When people who want to access your account come to know your username, the next thing they try is to find your password.  However, when you have a customized username, it makes their job a lot harder. Though you cannot change your username on WordPress, you can create a new one and delete the old one.

Use strong passwords

Birth dates, anniversary dates, phone numbers might be tempting options for a password, but they are easily traceable. There are many hackers out there who would use all their skills to find passwords, if you give familiar passwords like these, you will be making their task easier.  Don’t use the same passwords for all your online accounts. If you are bad at remembering passwords, there are so many apps out there to generate passwords for you. Go for passwords that have minimum 14 characters or for a combination of letters, words and symbols.

Protect your computer

The security you use for your computer influences the security you have for your Internet connection. The viruses that enter your computer can easily read the open files on the FTP line. There are chances for them to upload malicious content onto your site without your knowledge. Install or download good anti-virus software that thoroughly scans your computer to ensure the device is protected from such Trojans.

Make sFTP connection

An FTP connection will display your passwords or other sensitive content in plain text. Any person running special programs will be able to get access to this data. Use the sFTP connection instead. It is offered by most hosting and is either not used by people or many are not aware about its uses. The connection offers a secure line between your computer and server. By using sFTP, your connection will be secure and people will not be able to login with your password or login information.

Delete plug-ins or themes you don’t use

One of the most common security problems on WordPress is the outdated scripts more specifically the scripts used for plug-ins and themes. When you have multiple outdated themes installed, it becomes a playground for hackers. Professional hackers can easily penetrate a blog through the outdated gate when the theme is not updated. It is better to keep tabs on your plug-ins and themes and ensure you delete the ones you don’t use.

These are simple tips you can follow to keep your computer safe. Don’t think WordPress offers all the security that is required and leave your blog vulnerable to hackers and internet Trojans. Protect your account by taking simple measures and making it really hard for anybody to hack into your account!

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4 Responses to “5 Simple Ways to Boost WordPress Security”

  1. Adam Woods

    Dec 05. 2012

    good plugins and tips for wordpress security, many thanks

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  2. Thomas Smith

    Dec 05. 2012

    More important than ever: web security

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  3. Bowser

    Dec 06. 2012

    You might want to mention 2-Factor Authentication also. I think this is the type of wake-up call that many need to kick this complacent attitude about authentication and passwords. There continues to remain the need for more preventative measures to be put in place. For example many of the leading web hosting providers are giving users the perfect balance between security and user experience by implementing 2FA which allows us to telesign into our accounts. I know some will claim the verification process makes things more complicated, but the slight inconvenience each time you log in is worth the confidence of knowing your site(s) are secure. I’m hoping that more providers start to offer this awesome functionality. This should be a prerequisite to any system that wants to promote itself as being secure.

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  4. Springs

    Dec 07. 2012

    Very important to secure your wordpress blog

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