I’ve noticed a big increase in self hosted wordpress blogs being hacked recently and it can have devestating results. One blogger even had her whole blog wiped out with years of posts gone overnight. It is important that we do all we can to protect ourselves. So today I’m going to share all I’ve learnt on the suject and introduce some plugins that will help with the process. 1. Password It goes without saying that a strong password is a must. Make it a combination of upper and lower case characters as well as numbers. The harder it is to guess the better. So no names please. Make it random. 2. Change Your Admin Login Page The default login page for wordpress is http://domain/wp-admin. Try changing this to something else, something random. A lot of hackers use the admin page to access your blog as they know it is their easiest way in. If you have trouble changing it get in touch with your hosting company. 3. Make Sure to Use Latest Version of WordPress Those awesome developers over at WordPress are forever updating wordpress and trying to make it as secure as possible so ensure that you use the latest version. 4. Install WP Online Backup Plugin This brilliant plugin allows you to backup your databases regularly and you can store them for free using their online backup service or have them emailed to you. I’d advise performing this action on a regular basis. Just search the plugins page for ‘wp online backup’. 5. Install WP Security Scan Plugin Another very useful plugin that scans your blog and ensures there aren’t any security problems. It will inform you of any issues and tell you how to fix them. Again it is free and you just search ‘wp security scan’ on the plugins page to install. 6. Choose your theme carefully Some themes can have code written into them that is hidden from public view but can be a security issue. Opt for well known themes created by companies that are well regarded. I would personally opt for thesis or genesis as they have a great reputation and they update regularly meaning if any security gaps arise they are right on top of it. Following these steps will greatly decrease your chances of being hacked and ensure that if you do get hacked your database is safe. I hope you all found this post useful. Please share it as I think this is such an important issue. One Response Nicola April 14th, 2012 Thanks for this post, going to get to doing the things you advise this evening. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.