You’ve been smart enough to get yourself a self-hosted WordPress blog so don’t let yourself down when it comes to WordPress security. Let’s be careful out there!
Are you really serious about protecting your WordPress blog from a hack attack?
Here are the unfortunate facts!
1) It’s not just successful blogs that get attacked.
2) Sometimes it’s just because they ‘found’ you.
3) Your blog weaknesses are easily ‘found’.
4) By ‘default’ an average WordPress blog is a target!
5) You might not even know you’ve been ‘hacked’.
6) A hacked blog can get banned from Google etc.
7) Often you are hacked by software, not necessarily just by evil individuals targeting you specifically.
Here’s the good news…
I recently had the good fortune to come into contact with John Hoff, the creator of WordPress Defender – which as far as I’m concerned is the most complete system, even for a technophobe like me, to get all the right defenses in place so that at best you can counter any attempted hack attack on your blog and, at worst, those f&@#ers will realize that you are not a sitting target and so will move on to some other poor S.O.B. who hasn’t read this post!
So here’s the thing:
- Did you know that a hacker, or his ‘bot’, could type into Google: inurl:wp-login.php to find every WordPress blog’s sign in page. Do you think it might be an idea to ask Google not to show your site when they do that?
- Are you aware that all ‘out of the box’ WordPress installations have a bundle of things you can change to personalize your blog set up if you only knew how? The fact is that 99.9% of people do not!
- Have you heard of the WordPress ‘Secret Keys’? Another way to limit hackers accessibility to your site that most of us were never told that we had the option to change?
- Did you realize that, sometimes, the simple ‘good housekeeping’ that we do when backing up our blogs via a plugin is not always the best way to do it?
- What about the fact that the ‘default’ WordPress install does not, as yet, give you this info?
Well let me be brutally honest and say, mea culpa, that I did not know this stuff! Or any of the 30 techniques that John talks about and explains in great detail. The more complex WordPress security aspects of his training is in the video tutorials – but it ain’t that complex folks!
So! Is this all news to you, as it was to me? I simply can’t understand why every blog site about blogging is not shouting about these issues from the rooftops. Why is that? I have no idea but you’ve read it here folks so go out and do something about it!
Or would you rather wait until you’ve a few hundred posts on your blog, an avid following and actually finding that your blog is doing all that you’d hoped for! Next thing you know you’re promoting a dodgy Viagra site, or worse!