Securing Your WordPress Site

The majority of websites today are run on the WordPress platform. Because of the popularity of this platform there are several security and maintenance updates provided to users each year. It is not unknown for a new update to be released every couple of months.

Some of these updates apply to performance issues, but most of the time they patch or fix some type of vulnerability. Which is why it is important for anyone who runs a website on WordPress to update their sites regularly.

When you log into your WordPress Admin panel you will be notified when updates are required. You should get into the habit of backing up your site before running the update. Sometimes you may have a plugin or application that causes the update to not run smoothly. By having a backup you can easily restore your site if this happens. By the way, this doesn’t happen that often and it is more of a precautionary word or warning.

Problems can occur when you have a website that you don’t use anymore. You just let it sit and it gets outdated. This can be the perfect opportunity for hackers. They can find a loop hole and access your site and cause major damage.

WordPress uses plugins which add all kinds of functionality to your sites. Security plugins are available and you should install one. Some of the most recommended ones are Word Fence. Better WP Security and Bulletproof. There are lots of other options as well, but you can’t go wrong by choosing one of these three at first.

Another weak spot for your WordPress site is your user name and password. Even web hosting companies are guilty of setting up users with Admin user names. All this does is provide any potential hacker of one less field to have to hack through.

Try using a user name and password that is separate from your other accounts. Plus make it hard to guess. Don’t use popular first names, locations or combinations of numbers or letters for any of these fields.

Always get into the habit of writing down your user names and passwords in a note book off of your computer. This gives you a backup in case your computer dies or crashes. When you are up and running you can easily log back into all of your accounts.

To recap:
1. Always do updates when they are recommended.
2. Don’t leave old sites on your account, delete them if you have no plans for using them.
3. Create a unique user name and password, do not use Admin.
4. Write down your passwords in a separate file.
5. Install a security plugin to add another layer of protection for your website.

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