5 Tips for a Safe and Secure WordPress Website

It can be disheartening many times when you find out your favorite site may have been hacked. It incites anger in yourself when you’re the victim. There are multiple reasons why sites become the target of a hack.

The main gist of a hacking opportunity is when the hacker gets the opportunity to get into your blog’s system. Having a link attached to a comment or email, not having an updated system, etc. can do this.

secure-wordpress-websiteHowever, these tips we offer today will be the key to a more protected site.

1. Have Each Comment Manually Approved

It can be tempting to have each comment automatically approved; however this can attract spam. If at all possible, install some form of a spam plug-in and monitor the comments that get in. In addition to this, don’t click on links that look suspicious. This can lead to hacking and won’t make for a space and protected site.

2. Download Only Recommended Plug-in

Most WordPress users are amazed at the selection of widgets and plug-ins available for WordPress. However, if you aren’t careful you may end up with a hidden virus in the code. This is the worst and most common way of hacking for many WordPress sites.

The solution is easy. You should only download plug-in that has been recommended from reputable websites that know what they are doing. If that isn’t always possible, at least Google about the website to see how they are.

3. Schedule Monthly or Bi-Monthly Checks

You know those alerts on websites that alert you of either current or upcoming site maintenance? This is essential for websites of all sizes – from the simplest startup sites to the most complex ones.

If you leave some time for your site to have downtime, it’ll reduce the probability of your site being susceptible to hacks.

4. Keep Up with WordPress Updates

If you keep your site updated with the latest version of WordPress, you’ll minimize the risk of getting hacked. This is because updates also give you the latest in WordPress security and protection.

5. Change Your Password Regularly

This is a precaution that works a lot more than you may think. If you made your site in 2004 and kept the same password through 2011, you still have that added risk of a hack. However, if you change your password between either twice a year to once a season, you’ll have that added edge over the hackers.

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