Let us admit it. If you have a blog or website, you can’t neglect the security aspects. Following are top methods to improve the security of your WordPress blog.
Don’t use the Admin username
At the time of WordPress installation, you need to specify a username for the administrator. If you don’t change the default username, it will be set to admin. In that case, entire world knows your username name and they only have to guess the password! However, if you choose some other username, the hacker’s task will become just double.
Use a Strong Password for Your Blog
This is quite obvious but still many people make mistakes. You should be using a password that is hard to guess. Try setting a complex password so that hackers find it really difficult to break. There are lots of online tools that tell you the strength of your password. You can make use of them.
Update WordPress Core Files
The great guys at WordPress keep providing updates to give new features and fix known security issues. As and when an update is available, you should update the WordPress core files to latest version.
Update Themes and Plugins
Check for the updates to your theme and plugins you are using. If there is an update available, update them without a delay. You can do that from your blog’s dashboard. However, don’t forget to take backups before the process of updating.
Take regular backups
No matter how secure your blog/website is, there is always a possibility of getting hacked. By taking regular backups of your website’s files and the database, you prepare yourself for such unwanted situation. If something goes wrong, you won’t lose everything and can restore your blog from the latest backup.
Don’t Display the version string in your Meta Tags
There are a lot of WordPress themes that display the WordPress version that is running on your blog. If a hacker knows the version of WordPress, it would become easier for him to target the vulnerabilities of that version. By hiding the version, you make his task a lot more difficult.
Use Login Lockdown Plugin
This plugins prevents the brute force method of cracking a password. It records the ip address and the timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a (pre-specified) number of failed attempts is made, that range of ip address is blocked for some time.