Blogging is becoming popular and more and more people are willing to step into this tough business. But the tougher a business, the more are chances that people will look up for shortcuts. And one of those shortcuts is to put your opponent into the ground. Hack the blog of your biggest owner and delete everything he has. If hacker is lucky enough that blogger had no backup, hacker have done what he wanted.
As bloggers, we need to be active and ready to fight with this kind people all the time. There is no course or group of things that you can do and say that no one will ever be able to hack your blog. But, like many other things in this life, you can do everything that is here to do and make sure you don’t lost what you want and that’s same in blogging. There are few things to be done and I’d love to teach you how to have a fully secure WordPress blog..
Having a very fresh and up to date backup of your complete blog/site is the best and secure things that you can do. Generating and downloading backup for entire WordPress blog doesn’t take much time and you should be wise enough to download a backup at least 2-3 times a week.
If somehow your blog is hacked and its whole data is deleted, you can then re-upload your backup file and take control of your blog once again by the help of company that is hosting your blog.
The world of WordPress is really amazing. There are plugins for almost everything to be done. And, of course there are few very good plugins for making your WordPress blog more secure. And one that I highly recommend is:
WordPress Login Attempts:
This is totally simple that every hacker would definitely try to login using different mixes of usernames and passwords. And, without any doubt, he will fail many times.
So what this plugin does is limiting the number of tries someone can do for logging in. It can be 10 or 2 or anything you want to set. I suggest you set it in between 2 and 4.
After he meets the maximum number of tries, allowed for logging in, his IP address is locked for certain time. This makes hacking process extremely painful hence, saving your blog and increasing the chances of living risk free.
1. Keep it Strong:
Having a strong password is the most essential thing in order to have secure WordPress blog. A strong password doesn’t mean your password needs to be 100+ words long. No. Hell No.
Number of total words cannot determine the goodness of password, but having numbers, lower case letter and uppercase letters does. So try to make your password as complicated as possible and at the same time it should be easily memorable to you so you can access your blog from anywhere in the world.
2. Keep Changing:
How many underwear do you change in one month? Oh no. I don’t mean anything wrong. All I want to say is that your passwords needs to changed as often as you change your undergarment because you know that having them same for a longer time can harm your skin.
In the same way, having a password for a longer time can harm your blog. So keep it strong, complicated and change it often.
Beware of Links:
Well, to be honest, that’s a really idiotic trick by hackers who think that bloggers are stupid enough to click on a link and then enter their details on the given from.
Someone recently tried a similar trick on one of my best friends online. That guy asked him for placing a banner on his blog and said he was going to pay using Western Union.
A few days latter, he created and sent a link to my friend which was a total copy of his blog’s login page with one sentence floating at top “Payment has been collected. Login in to receive”. He was smart enough to move out and save himself and his blog from a huge disaster.
The only purpose of telling you this whole story is to make you realize that your everything can be stolen in matter of moments so beware of links. Don’t just enter your details anywhere. Every time you are about to enter your username and password for logging in, make sure you are where you need to be.
Trust No One:
Sometimes, we meet someone whom we become friends and start trusting him more than ourselves. Well, there is nothing wrong with that. But, we always need to remember one thing in order to stay safe in blogosphere and that is “you cannot trust anybody”.
No matter how much you trust anybody, don’t ever give your account details to him under any circumstances. You never know what’s going on in your friend’s head even though he might be acting very sincere to you.
Up to you:
I can bet you hate hackers as much as I do, which is why I’m asking you something. What do you do to protect your blog? Any of these things? Or something that I did not cover in this post. Make sure to let your fingers speak of your mind and share your experience with the world because you might be able to help someone in having fully secured WordPress blog.