There are over 74,000,000 WordPress sites in use right this very second. That makes them a prime target for hackers who have nothing better to do than steal your valuable content or damage your site. There are ways to protect your site and your content and I’m going to show you how.
The very first thing you need to do is to change your password.
“What?!? I’ve had this password forever, it’s my birthday so I don’t forget it” you’re saying. Never use your birthday or anniversary or any other important date for a password. They are not that hard to figure out. You wouldn’t believe the information that we put out into the wide open web. You’re on Facebook right? Do you have your birth date listed so all of your friends can wish you happy birthday or did you take pictures of your 25th-anniversary party? Bam! There are your passwords and it took me less than 3 seconds! See what I mean! You need to make your passwords harder than that if you want to stay safe. I suggest a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. Yes all of it and it will be damn near impossible to figure out. Something like: PurpleRo5es# That is a good password
The next thing on the list is CAPTCHA, but I don’t recommend this because it irritates the hell out of your readers. Having them go that one extra step is usually enough to have them clicking off of your site for good. I’ve done it and if you’re honest you probably have too. People are busy and that extra step is usually the straw that broke the camel’s back as they say. I suggest the plugin Akismet it is a simple Genesis plugin and it will keep your site protected from spammers. It’s such a great plugin that now it comes standard on all new sites!
Are you a theme or plugin hoarder? Do you pick out new themes and plugins like you a new bag? This is one of the WORST things that you can do! You should NEVER keep deactivated themes and plugins laying around on your site. Download them to your computer and then delete them immediately! Slam that door on hackers for good.
This is just one of the services that I offer with my NO WORRY MAINTENANCE PLAN. When I go into a site the very first thing I do is run a backup. Then I update any themes, plugins, or WordPress that need updating. I erase any unused themes and plugins and then I delete any SPAM in the spam folder. I check each site for broken links and make a note.
I always install and configure the Sucuri Security plugin (unless the client already has their own security plugin). I update WordPress, themes, and plugins. I also run a malware scan and I check the site speed and THEN I optimize it before visiting the site and visually giving it the once over to make sure things like share buttons and newsletters signups are working properly. I do this twice a month on the first and the fifteenth. You get all of this protection for only $99 a year that breaks down to only $8.25 a month! I am having a giveaway where I am giving away a ONE-YEAR NO WORRY MAINTENANCE PLAN to one lucky winner! You can go HERE to sign up for the giveaway. I’ll be awarding it on March 1st so you better hurry!
If you are interested in the blogger maintenance pkg you can find more information about it HERE! I also do Blogger to WordPress migrations, blog setup & design, and offer technical V.A. services. Don’t know what a V.A. does check out my post HERE! Email me at Rena@theblogging911, Find me on Facebook HERE and Pinterest HERE!
UPDATE: Here is a great article by Softpedia.com concerning a problem with a certain plugin that comes with a back door. It was caught by Sucuri a great security plugin which I also recommend. This article here. If you have deactivated plugins and themes I really recommend that you delete them.
#wordpress is my wine