The fear of most bloggers now is about them loosing their sweat and sleepless night they have put in-place in other to build a successful blog. This is not only happening to companies and government official page but also to individual who control a blog. How do you feel when you woke up on a blissful morning to check your blog stats or check maybe you have make some cash, but your access to your account is denied or found all your blog scattered, or found injected links in your footer and you are worried about what is really happening... The answer is so simple. You are hacked!
Hacked? yea you got that right.
If your blog is hacked, and you are so lucky, you might gain access back to your site, found the problem, remove it, and got things up. But the chances of getting for blog back is very low, that's why you have to be secured because an ounce of prevention is worth a pounds of cure.
So how can i secure my blog from hackers or spammers?
1. Back up
The most important thing i can recommend for you is to have a back up of your files if you really cared about your blog. There are tons of options you can use in backing up your blog. you can use external hard drive or use VaultPress, which provides the simple backup of not just databases, but all files associated with WordPress.
Even if you get your blog hacked, atleast you won't loose everything since you have the back up of your files.
2. Always Keep Your Blog Installation Updated
Since Wordpress is the most popular platform for blogging, so it's prey for hackers. Wordpress keeps upgrading their software version. By keeping up with the latest upgraded version, you will ensure secure, and easily fix the bug from the source.
You might be scared of loosing your posts if you upgrade to the latest version, but you can be secured by backing up, and if anything went wrong, then restore your back-up.
3. Don't Use Free Theme
Most bloggers prefer using free themes which is a risk taking. you don't know who code the theme, and it is very easy for a hacker to code a theme and inject some command that when installed, it will keep your blog wide open for the hacker to execute his mission.
This doesn't guaranty that all premium template are secured, you have to be carefull of the type of template you installed, the source and don't change your template often. Try to stick up with one.
4. Tough Password
The most common mistake among internet users was that they use one password for all their online account which keeps your account vulnerably. You have to adopt the act of using different password for each account and make use of something that is atleast 8-10 characters including uppercase and a symbol.
Though it may seems to be a tedious work to remember dozens of password, but there are variety of software you can use to store your password or write it down and keep it in a safe place.
5. Use Secured System
The most common way of getting your blog infected is to blog on public or cafe system, which might contain malicious script that automatically store your private information.
Secure your blog by using internet security and reliable anti-virus that will detect any malicious or attack found on your system.
6. Use Security Plugins
There are dozens of plugins that you can use to secure your blog from hackers. The best recommended plugins include:
7. Two-part Authentication
It also makes a whole lot of sense by using two-part authentication, which means that you need more than one password to login into your account. You will be able to login with your password and a special key that will be sent to you as a text.
With the few tips shared in this tutorial, if you put it into practice, then you should have your blog secured. It may seems to be a very tedious work, but ounce of prevention is worth a pounds of cure.
Have you been hacked before? We will like to know how you solve the problem. Any contributions, suggestions, queries is welcome.
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