Safety Tips for Your Blog
Learn the Quickest and Easiest Ways to Make your Blog Safe
WordPress has been around for a long time, and has become the most popular blog and website platform on the internet. This makes it both a joy and a pain at the same time.
With a high rate of adoption, you can easily find much of the help you need. Conversely, with such a high volume of blogs and websites running on WordPress, we find a tasty target has been created for the hackers and attackers that seek to disrupt the web.
When you scour the web to find the best methods to protect and secure your website or blog, you inevitably come across a core of 4 tips.
WordPress ships with a decent stack of it’s own security provisions, but these being core, are well known, and hackers can adapt rather quickly.
WordPress Core 4 Security Tips
1) WordPress Admin Username
The username ‘admin’ is default via so many auto-installers. Usually you can replace this during the installation process, so don’t just skip by it. If you’re trying to patch up and secure your blog or website AFTER the fact, then you should use the user nickname setting to create a different display name to appear in the front end, it’s about all you can do post-creation of your website/blog.
2) Hide the WordPress Login Page
The login page of your website is the number one avenue of attack and brute force attempts. By hiding the login page, you are closing one of the biggest gaps and access points. There is a great plugin called WP Hide Login that does the trick quite simply. Hit ‘settings’ from the plugin screen to access the permalink section where you can choose an alternative name for the login page. Choose something unique, please. Do yourself a big favor.
3) Limit Login Attempts
If you’ve enacted the above WordPress security tips, this one might be less vital, but it cannot hurt to triple down on protection. Use a login limiter (There’s one specifically called ‘limit login attempts’. What this type of security plugin can do for your blog is block the IP address of any user who manages to find your login page and continuously and erroneously login. After ‘x’ amount of times, they’re blocked for a predetermined block of time.
4) Security Plugin – Wordfence or Sucuri
It may go without saying, but you might as well address that one of your biggest allies can be a nice free plugin such as Wordfence, which has incredible flexibility to suit any WordPress install, from the smallest to the biggest. Wordfence contains login limitation and a firewall. Among the various free options there’s also plenty available to premium users, but it seems there’s no end to the rising prices of premium plugin upgrades.
Above all, it’s a true shame that the hackers and malware attackers of the world can’t use their powers for good. These are smart people, no doubt, but perhaps they seek the glory of chaos. Who knows. For now let us do what we can to thwart them or at least minimize their potential impact before they can cause any issues.
Use these tips and perhaps some of your own to cobble up your own best practices for keeping your WordPress blog safer.
No single step, or series of steps will ever be bulletproof and 100% on lockdown. Every step in progress, and the goal is to close off the easy entry points, and thwart the most common methods of attack. Hide your login page, make a tough password, and avoid using easy to guess usernames. Just these steps alone will reduce your risk greatly.