Hackers are seriously attacking all wordpress blogs nowadays and it will be unwise not to take drastic measures to ensure the safety of your blog, right? Last month, a buddy of mine got his wordpress blog hacked and it took him days to recover his blog content. Assuming he paid some more attention to his blog, he wouldn’t have got hacked easily – right? You can install all security plugins that the wordpress directory has but if you can’t configure the structure of your wordpress blog properly, then all those security plugins are waste :).
At some time back, I wrote about how to secure your blog effectively and those who followed those steps, really did find it worthy. Incase you’d like to read my previous post on “how to protect your wordpress blog” can still do.
3 Simple Steps To Protecting Your WordPress Blog
There are some little details that we know but do not pay close attention to that may get our blog hacked and today – I am only going to show you a simple way(s) of protecting your blog by covering those little tracks :).
I should start with the top most problem all newbie bloggers and most bloggers (who do not want to know) don’t know:
1a: Use a solid table prefix when installing your wordpress blog:
As funny as it looks, do you know that you can get hacked through your database? Yes, I learn about this sometime back and it is good for you to know about this as well. Many bloggers have gotten their blog hacked through their databases knowingly or unknowingly so it is good to protect it a ninja :).
But how do we protect our databases?
When you were registering your wordpress blog, on your “Database Settings” did you leave the table prefix to be WP_? If your answer is yes, then I am sorry to tell you that your blog is on its path to destruction…
To help your blog stay alive, you can start by going to your database dashboard and change the table prefix from wp_ to any other name you which to give it :). and do remember that doing this might damage or change your database structure if you do not know what you’re doing.
1b: Outdated plugins can be your blog’s doom:
Are you that type that hates to update his/ her plugins? Or are you that type that is still using the old wordpress platform? Then I am afraid that your blog will get hacked pretty soon if you do not update those plugins and that platform. We all know that outdated plugins can also cause hole in our database and leave it vulnerable to attacks, so be wise.
2a: Use a very difficult Admin login name for yourself:
I see bloggers today who do not know the difference between “admin login name” and “username”. They do not care to know so they make their username and login name as one. You might not know this, but you can get hacked easily if you do not change it right here and now. You can learn the difference between username and login name and you can also learn how to change it without problem by following this link “Changing your wordpress username/ login name” or you can view Adrienne Smith video tutorial if you want a video guide
Tips: If you are using your blog name, username, admin, administrator as your blog login name, then get ready because you will get hack very very soon…
2b: Pay attention to your password:
When I first started out the online journey, I made my passwords 6 letter words. Then I got my yahoo mail hacked :(. After my first hack, i increased my password to 20 mixed letters, numbers and symbols. But now I have increased my password to almost 90 mix letters… Don’t ask how I did that because even I can’t remember my passwords :).
My point is; never play with your passwords, do not use dictionary names because they are easy to figure out and make sure your password is above 20 words mixed.
3a. Limit login attempt:
Believe it or not – once your site starts getting popular, eyes will be on your blog and you might get hacked if you do not take further steps.
Do you know that my blog get more than 3000+ hack attempt daily? If you do not believe me, take a look at the screenshot below.
With the help of “Limit login attempt” plugin, you can easily know who is attempting to hack your site and block that ip from accessing your blog. If you do not have the “Limit login attempt” plugin, I will advise you to go get yourself one and it will surely help you battle those jobless people called hackers :).
3b: How do I block those bad ip’s:
It is advisable to block those ip that are trying to hack your blog and the most fun ways to block the ips are as follow.
3b,i: If you are using cloudflare, you can block those ip that are trying to hack you by going to dashboard >>> Click threat control >>> Scroll down and you will see a block where you can add ip address to block.
3b,ii: you can as well use your cpanel if your hosting did not provide you a cloudflare account. To block those ip addresses using cpanel, loging to your cpanel >>> under “Security” click “IP Deny Manager”
From there you can start adding those attempted ip addresses. Believe me, those ips will never disturb you again.
If big names like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin can get hacked, then our blog might also get hacked someday (or never) but let’s do the little we can to protect our blog.
You take over:
It looks like I have said so much about so much, now it’s time to pass the microphone to you guys :). What other measures do you take to ensure the safety of your blog? Do share with us by using the comment box below and let’s get the party hotter than it is :).
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