Chances are now a days if you’re running a blog, it’s probably on WordPress. WordPress is one of the most powerful and popular blogging softwares out there, and it’s name has become synonymous with past time. With good reason, too; WordPress is one of the most easy to understand, customizable, and, most importantly, secure blogging services out there. There are, however, always people on the internet who like to ruffle feathers by finding new ways break into people’s sites and accounts to inject a bunch of spamming links. Here are some hopeful tips to making sure your WordPress blog stays safe and secure:
- Keep your WordPress up to date! That is make sure to download all your WordPress updates as their are available. Keeping everything up to date is probably the most important part of securing your blog. There’s always new ways for people to try to break in, and there’s always new fixes. With automatic updates, updating your wordpress is quick and easy, so there’s no reason to stay on top of your updates!
- Have strong passwords. Generally a strong password is something that isn’t a common phrase, is at least 8 characters, and includes letters and numbers. Some people even suggest using small sentences. It’s also a good practice to change your password every few monthes.
- Use secret keys in your WP-Config file. For WordPress, the WP-Config file contains all the information that WordPress uses to connect, read, and write to your database. Using a secret key can makes it difficult for someone to gain access to your account. Go to https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/ and copy the results into this section of your wp-config.php file if you haven’t already set up a secret key.
- Keep your .htaccess file in check. Using a .htaccess file, you can set access limits to certain directories. You can also tie those limits to a specific IP address, which means that only people from that location can access your information. .Htaccess settings aren’t some of the easiest stuff out there, butAskApache has the Ultimate Tutorial for all things .htaccess.
- Watch your file permissions. If you have folders or files with permissions that are too lax, it’s easy for a hacker to take advantage and exploit them. It depends on your hosting, but the default file permissions may not be up to snuff. The WordPress Codex has an outline of what permissions are acceptable. File and directory permissions can be changed either via an FTP client or within the administrative page from your web host.