WordPress Security Tips #1

How to increase WordPress Security? Based on numerous information and personal experience in developing wordpress based blogs,  I will summarize and show important steps on how to increase security for WordPress blogs. This is the first post in a row of arcticles to show how to increase WordPress Security.

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The first important question is whether the effort for security and especially the costs are in a appropriate relation compared to the purpose and daily maintenance for your wordpress blog. Accordingly, it is recommended to implement basic wordpress security mechanisms which are provided via built-in features first before using more advanced tools or plugins. WordPress Security plugins will be the focus of the next articles here on Avinash.

 

Basic WordPress Security Rules

Some basic tips and good practices in security patterns in common are as follows. These tips apply in general for any kind of digital data system and multi user application and will also increase your WordPress Security easily without huge effort and costs involved.

  • Create secure passwords

    Each password should contain numeric, alpha numeric and special characters as well as capital & non-capital notation. Do not share your passwords with other people. Also change your password from time to time

  • Be careful with your personal data

    Each information that you provide in public on your blog is useful for hackers. A potential hacker will collect as much data as possible about yourself and will decide on which attack method to use

  • Protect your system data

    Any kind of system or configurational data must be hidden for public access. For WordPress this means to hide and deny access to all wordpress system files especially the wp-config.php. This can be done within your .htaccess file

  • Use a firewall

    Using a personal firewall is recommended and very easy nowadays. Client or software firewalls like ZoneAlarm are available and protect your computer

  • Use an active virus scanner and web protection software

    Tools like Kaspersky or Avira Antivir protect your system even against Root Kits and Online Website attacks. Make sure to update the virus definition daily

  • Do not open emails from unknown senders

    This especially applies to email attachments. Spammers use mass mails to send out to various email addresses together with a link or an attachment. If you are unsure, delete the email

  • Check Website Security State

    Normal unsecure traffic is based on HTTP. More secure transport layer based security is provided using HTTPS. Check the prefix of your domain url. When providing financial (and other sensitive) data make sure to use https://{your-domain}

  • Use secure connections

    If possible and available for more advanced users, use a secure VPN connection to connect to companies and networks.

More details, tips and tricks for WordPress Security will follow soon in Part #2 of my WordPress Security Tips.

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5 Responses to “WordPress Security Tips #1”

  1. anonymous

    Aug 13. 2012

    Most important security tip: Make your site absolutely unreadable by utilizing almost white color for the text.

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    • Avinash

      Aug 14. 2012

      Haha, thanks for the comment! Will concider your feedback! Thanks for stopping by

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    • Avinash

      Aug 14. 2012

      Hi anonymous, please check again. Main Font Color has been adjusted and optimized for better reader convinience 🙂

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  2. Tatsumi

    Aug 14. 2012

    Thanks for the these quality tips on wordpress. Bookmarked your site to my favorites and awaiting more helpful articles on wordpress 🙂 Thanks for sharing this

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    • Avinash

      Aug 18. 2012

      Hi Tatsumi, thank you for commenting on my blog! Many new articles will follow soon 🙂 Stay tuned and stop by again

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