5 Tips to Guard Your WordPress Site Against Hackers

What is WordPress?

If you need a blog or a site, look no further than wordpress.org. The software gives you unlimited choice of themes, widgets and plugins and you can create a space for anything - award functions, gaming, music, design, magazines - the sky is the limit here. The service is free and open source so you have many creative minds determined to give you fabulous experiences and is a great way to put your message out there and connect with millions of people. With around 60 million users, it is no exaggeration to say that WordPress is a huge popular medium to carry your message.

Like almost every website, WordPress too culls information relating to language choice, browser preference and so forth, in a bid to understand the client better. The site guarantees protection of information but even the best security fails sometimes before a determined intruder - the hacker.

But good news comes in the very form that makes WordPress so popular - the community. Here are a few suggestions you can use and with the help of some amazing support from the people who build the site, you can ensure trouble free use.

  1. Get a super-strong password

    A simple date of birth or anniversary reference is not enough to fight off initial threats. Ensure that your password is a combination of letters and numbers and if they don't have a particular pattern, they work a lot better. Of course, you will need to remember the combination so do make a note of the password! WordPress itself has secret keys that throw in arbitrary features into your password. Called a 'hashing salt', this feature can be downloaded from the site.

  2. Make folders foolproof

    Hackers use folders to attack sites and since most permissions related to folders are on the control panel, this becomes easy to do. All you need to do is set folder permissions yourself for access to themes and other features but not enough for folder access without given permission (755 for folder and 644 for files).

  3. Go beyond Admin as a User Name!

    Move beyond the default 'admin' user name because hackers exploit this one half of the information they need. See MySQL and create a one-of-a-kind username. Once you have created a new account and verified that it works, do remember to delete the old one.

  4. SSL Encryption

    By modifying certain files (config.php) in your site, you can ensure that your site is SSL enabled. This provides added security and helps to fend off hackers.

  5. Plugins

    WordPress comes with many plugins that help you make your site or blog more secure. Choose between the Login Lockdown that stalls hackers from guessing the password by numerous attempts with the password option, WP Security Scan that recommends action to eliminate flaws in the installation or WordPress File Monitor that alerts you when alterations are made.

While the threat of hackers goes hand in hand with internet use, these steps could ensure that you and your WordPress site are not at the receiving end of their plans.

Guest Author
Robin MckenzieRobin Mckenzie likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To's. He also does guest posting for Buycenturylink.com, a site that offers savings and current information on consumers broadband internet and cable. Access website here.

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