6 Effective Ways To Secure Your WordPress Blog
Blogging is just like an entrance door for any business website. The blogging world is nothing but simply shares some good content to the audience and gain their interest. But the question arises here- How you can categorize content as good or bad? The answer is- A good content is simple to understand, clear, precise and most importantly it should be uniquely written in your own words and it shoul...
Blogging is just like an entrance door for any business website. The blogging world is nothing but simply shares some good content to the audience and gain their interest. But the question arises here- How you can categorize content as good or bad?
The answer is- A good content is simple to understand, clear, precise and most importantly it should be uniquely written in your own words and it should be to the point.
But what you think uniqueness is maintained nowadays? Is your blog fully secure? No! Especially in the blogging world, security is a big concern. Recently, stealing some good content from other site and publishing them on other is a main target of hackers. And to stop that is just like impossible but you can always make an effort.
As a blogger, it is your responsibility to secure your blogs from stealing attacks. You have to focus on security of your WordPress as well as your blogs. Although Google Algorithm and other search engine’s algorithm provide information from where the content originates but it is very heartbroken when you find your content copied in dozen of blogs.
To take up your blogging to the next level it is very important to secure your blog from the copywriters. Here I have listed some effective measures which protect your blog from attacks.
1. Use WordPress Security Plugins
WordPress security plugins plays a vital role to secure your WordPress. Plugins are well-designed with advanced features to provide security to your WordPress in the best possible way. I have discussed some effective WordPress security plugins which secure your WordPress and you may also know about Top 10 WordPress Security plugins.
Admin Username Changer WordPress Plugin
Many of you have a WordPress administrator username set as Admin because when you install the WordPress for the first time on your machine you stuck with this default username. Moreover, you generally have an illusion that it is unchangeable. Consequently, it becomes easier for hackers to crack your password anytime.
So in order to secure your website and make things difficult for hackers Admin username changer plugin comes into play. It allows you to change your Admin username. Now, it is not easy for hackers to crack your username/password and it makes your website more secure.
You can clearly see in the image, once plugin installed into your dashboard, Admin username appears in the left sidebar of Dashboard and you can change your Admin username.
Limit Login Attempts WordPressplugin
What about having limited attempts for the strangers? You have a habit of changing your username timely now if you could limit the number of login attempts then it will add more security to your website. The hacker makes multiple attempts to crack your username/password so why don’t you just limit their multiple attempts with Limit Login Attempts plugin.
Limit Login Attempts plugin blocks the Internet address for making login attempts after a specific limit is crossed. When Limit Login Attempts plugin install into your dashboard, you can easily fix the Lockout limit duration and set the cookie for a login attempt as a result whenever the attempts exceed the desired limit it will automatically block the passage.
2. Always Choose Trusted Plugins For Upload
Plugins play a major role to provide functionality to your website. It happens many times that you upload plugin in your blog, but you cannot guarantee that they can be trusted always. Hackers can easily attack your blog through untrusted plugins and gain access to your core files of WordPress installations. As a result they makes changes to your files and destroy your security.
You can consider these measures before installing any plugin into your WordPress dashboard.
Check plugin featured in the WordPress Plugin Directory
If your plugin is not featured here, it means it is not legitimate and you just avoid it to download in your WordPress and better to choose some other legitimate/premium plugin.
Check plugin rating
It happens many times that you miss to check the rating of WordPress plugin which enhance the chance to upload some unauthorized plugin and harm your security. It is very necessary to check the rating of the plugin before you going to download it into your WordPress.
Check number of downloads of the plugin
You must view the number of downloads of the plugin before you upload it into your WordPress dashboard so that you can easily analyze its popularity. A bad plugin does not generate a large number of downloads and it is better you ignore such plugins.
Check premium plugin legitimacy in CodeCanyon Directory :
Premium plugin is not listed in the WordPress Directory so you can check the legitimacy of such plugin with the help of CodeCanyon Directory. You can easily purchase the plugins from this site. You can view the regular license details, live preview, features, portfolio and screenshots of the premium plugin listed in the codecanyon directory.
3. Enable Hot Link Protection
Many times it happens that if one website finds some interesting images or files in your blog then it makes direct links to those files and images on your website. As a result it generates additional load for your hosting which ultimately degrade the performance of your blog.
You can enable Hot Link protection so that any other website can’t use your bandwidth anymore. Here is the solution through which you can implement it.
Use Hotlink Protection WordPress plugin :
The Hotlink Protection WordPress plugin is a single step script designed to stop others from stealing your content. You can simply add .htaccess to your root folder which stops external web servers from linking directly to your files. Now the direct links to files and images on your website get destroyed and it ultimately improves the performance of your blog.
4. Update Your Blog
Many of you think that available updates may cause some problems in your site. Sometimes you choose to update plugins/WordPress whenever updates are available then Why not you update your blog?
Updating is very necessary to enhance the security of your blog. Generally, it happens that most updates are released to fix the problem that occurred in previous version. If you ignore to update your blog you can leave your blog vulnerable to hackers.
So you have to take care of your blog by updating it whenever you think it is necessary and enhance your blog security one step up.
5. Delete Fake Accounts
Any user is allowed to create more than one account but it is not sure that all accounts are real. Mostly, it happens that visitors of your website sign up with fake accounts. Similarly, if you offer visitors to register on your blog then some will create a fake account with a false name and email address in order to post spam comments on your blog. These spam comments are meant for 2-reasons. Firstly through spam comment spammers tried to advertise some product and secondly they try to attract a portion of your blog traffic to their website. So spam comments badly destroy the security of your blog post so you have to avoid doing a reply to spam emails.
If you find any dummy account in the registered list then you just delete that account in order to maintain your blog security. You have to perform a regular check in order to validate any account.
6. Use Copyscape Tool
Copyscape is a very useful tool which helps to detect online plagiarism. You can easily identify the sites that have copied your content without your permission. It is very simple to use and allow you to check for plagiarism of your website, blogs, marketing materials, online publication etc.
When copywriters copy the content of your blog and paste it in any other website or social network then with the help of this tool you can see the list of websites which has copied your content. You just need to enter your blog URL and go to search.
After the quick search you can easily view the list of websites that copied your content just like shown in the image given below.
So you can use this beneficial tool in your blogs to keep track of stealers and duplicate content.
As a blogger it is your responsibility to secure your blog from the hackers. You can easily do this with the help of these measures and if you find some other approach than this, do share it. I will be pleased to know that and share it in the post.
Let me know your comments and thought regarding this one. Hope you find it useful.