One of the first pieces of advice I was given in relation to my WordPress blog was the importance of securing it.  The worst case scenario- ie everything disappearing into the ether almost overnight- is not good news. Here are some tips I have been given which are shown below:
 
 
 

1. Back it up

 
Backing up your site really is the first line of your defense. A back up literally does what it says on the tin – in other words even if everything disappeared in your server you could be back online in no time at all.
 
The general advice is to backup your blog on a daily basis ideally, and also to have the backups in at least 2 different physical locations just to be on the safe site.
 
 
 

2. Alter the "Admin" User

 
Any unscrupulous, unkind person could try and guess the name of your Admin person and if he or she finds it out, will then use various scripts to try out various password permutations with that user name to hack in. It happens regularly. It is therefore a good idea not to call your admin person ‘”admin” which is far too obvious. The best thing to do is to create a new user for your blog and give this user the privileges of an “Administrator”. All you then need to do is log in with the name of this newly created user, and delete the “admin” user. If you have any posts that have been published with “admin” your Word press will ask whether you want to move these posts to the user in which case you can answer accordingly.
 

3. Stop  folder browsing

 
  Folder browsing can result Iin the gathering of a significant amount of information about your blog , from the plugins you use the themes you have applied. The way to disable folder browsing with a Linux based web hosting is to  use a .htaccess file placed at the root of your server. You can either make that file or open the current one and insert the following entry:
 
Options –Indexes
 
 If you do not have a web hosting with  Linux, you protect your site by inserting a blank index.html page within each folder. 
 
 

4. Use the most recent WordPress version

 
As brilliant as I think it is, WordPress is open source software, so its source code is public. What this means is that anyone including the aforementioned UU can have access to it by scrutinizing the code looking for any security loopholes. 
Thankfully WordPress regularly releases an updated version to protect from such episodes. The lesson here is to always run the most recent WordPress version to minimize any hacking issues.
 
Conclusion: none of the above tips are guaranteed against problems occurring with your site. That said, they will at least make it harder for things to go belly-up.
 
 

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