It is a serious concern when blog gets hacked and hence you must know how to protect your WordPress blog. Here are some of the important WordPress Security Tips to protect your WordPress blog.
Secure all the Entry Points with Strong Passwords
Many WordPress users the admin password which is generated during installation for all uses and have the feeling of their blog being safe and secure. Mostly the password that is generated contains uppercase and lowercase letters along with symbols and numbers and is pretty much safe but the passwords in the ftp/cPanel are not that strong and needs to be changed immediately after installing. If one can access your ftp/cPanel, then that person can also delete the WordPress database of yours from the cPanel->Databases->MySQL Databases. Hence, it is always advisable to use strong passwords at every entry points.
Secure hosting: In several cases it is being found that WordPress sites are hacked due to the hosting vulnerabilities as every web hosting providers do not offer the equal level of security. While choosing the web hosting provider do not just opt for a cheap one and rather do a good amount of research until you find a well-established company with great track record of providing strong security to the WordPress Blog sites.
All new versions of WordPress has patches to the deficiencies of the previous version and hence it is advised to update the WordPress as and when it is recommended. By updating the WordPress you can address some of the potential or real vulnerabilities. Most of the hackers tend to understand the loop of the old versions of the WordPress and get a way to hack the sites using the old version through that loop. So the bottom line is to keep the WordPress updated, always!
Many a times the blogger do not keep their WordPress plug-ins directory secured and chances of having the vulnerabilities are very high. When you visit www.your-domain.com/wp-content/plugins/ from any browser, it shows all the Plug-ins that are being used. These are the ways for the hackers to enter into your site and cause damage. It is advised to use a .htaccess file or even to upload a index.html blank file to that directory in order to revoke the access to these directories.
Whenever you upload anything say a theme, a plug-in, or even a normal script to your blog you need to be very careful as this can damage your site if it is designed to do so. Upload only the authentic content on your site and never download the plug-ins or themes from torrent or any such file sharing sites. The content on such websites and portals can be disguised in the form of theme or plug-in and can cause severe damage to your site when uploaded to your server. Hence Always be extra-careful while uploading anything to your blog.
A way through which a hacker can attempt to gain the access to your username is through the archive pages on your site. WordPress by default shows the username in the URL of your author archive page. Hence it is advised to keep the username hidden from the author archive URL.
Many people do not emphasis on the backups until they get harmed once. You never know what can harm your website at what point of time regardless the best security measures, and hence keeping a backup is a safe option. You can easily restore your entire site in a very short span if you have the backup ready.
To Summarize, one should hire a WordPress Development Company which understands the security aspects of the website and can adhere to furnish the points mentioned above, before delivering the final website.
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