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Securing Your WordPress Blog Against Hackers

A blogger’s worst fear is to have their WordPress blog hacked. This has happened to many bloggers and they will tell you of the painstaking steps involved in getting their blog back from the virtual dead, if that was at all possible. Some of the less technically inclined will give it up for lost and start again.

Today I came across a really good post titled How to Stop Your WordPress Blog Getting Hacked that outlines several steps of making your blog less ‘hackable’. I’ve already taken the steps of making my blog less noticeable to hackers by removing the footprints that would lead them to this blog. Very simple steps that I could easily go into more detail on how it can be done but I think you would be a lot better informed if you went directly to David’s post and read all about how you can secure your blog from hackers.

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  1. This is an excellent post there, very informative and the instructions are very clear so that any beginners wouldn’t have problem to follow them.

    Thank you for sharing Sire!

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    1. I’m glad to supply the information. As you would notice stratos is not all that thrilled with it, but I’m not taking any chances, and if removing the footprint will lessen the likelihood of a hack, then I am all for it.

    2. @ Nihar, Mitch, Gennaro, Kristi and Ron, hey guys, that’s what I am here for, to serve my those who patronize my blog.

  2. Sire, Thanks for sharing this link…

    Will check it out and see whether my blog is prone. If it is prone will take the steps listed out there.

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    Thanks for sharing this, Sire. I also went in and made some changes based on what I read, but some stuff I left alone because I don’t want to mess anything up. Okay, I’m also lazy and don’t feel like going that deep into it either. :drunk_tb:

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  4. I just came across the article on my site, and did some of the footprint removal as well. Definitely some good info, as there is nothing worse than having your site hacked, which I know about firsthand.

    ~ Kristi

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  5. Good resource you have shared here Sire! A must read for both new users and advance users.

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  6. I have some serious objections about this and you will surely hear from me soon… It has put me thinking and i will compile a post about it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Now this I’m looking forward to. ;)

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      1. Yeah, that would be right Dennis, getting ready to put the boot into old Sire huh mate? :jittery_tb:

  7. @ Mitch, Gennaro, Kristi and Ron, no problem guys, glad to supply some useful information every once in awhile.

  8. Thanks for the link – I have updated my blog as much as possible with the tips and tricks.

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  9. There are plenty of alternatives to WP. Other from the fact that I don’t use any pre-built stuff, I would recommend this:

    It’s easy to install, but I think its architecture may be a bit too much for some people. Although the architecture is a lot more logical than WP, the coding is more complex. I can’t vouch for the security though.

    BTW, Sire, I just watched your joke on YouTube today. Very crude and very funny. Shame we may not be seeing more of them :|

    1. Thanks for that link David, I had a quick look but it’s a bit hard to judge it without a test drive. I’m pretty happy with WordPress though so I don’t think I will be doing that any time soon.

      As for the YouTube joke, that’s the second video I featured in and I plan on doing some more at a later date.

  10. One would definitely want to protect the blog but even though you state that a lot of people have had their blogs hacked do you have any idea about the actual percentage? I would expect that we’re talking about less than 1% in total.

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    1. Mikael, as I have probably mentioned I’m not all that into stats so I have absolutely no idea of the percentage, but I do know several bloggers who have reported there sites hacked, and as I don’t know all that many bloggers, so percentage wise those hacked out of my personally known blogs would be somewhat higher than 1%, and no, I’m not going to give you a more accurate answer. :guns_tb: :laugh_tb:

      1. I understand. Personally I only recall having heard of one or two and I definitely know a lot of bloggers as well. But never the less it is better to be safe than sorry.

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        1. That’s the way I look at it, and as it was an easy fix I got rid of the ‘footprints’.

  11. Nice link, was useful for most parts of the article.

    I wrote a couple of WordPress security tips… if you’re interested:

    Nevertheless, I look forward to your next article :)

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  12. Sure I’m interested Brad, always willing to learn something new.

  13. Thank you for sharing those tips, sire. I guess I need to do some changes afterwards. At least by now my worries from those hackers had lessened. I hope those hackers would stop their unethical behaviors!

    1. I’m afraid that will never happen, they will always be out there, we just have to make it as difficult as possible.

  14. Im a beginner, but I think I should be aware of the risk of a hacker. Im going to try this out for sure.

    1. One thing for sure Anthony is that it can’t hurt to be better prepared. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  15. Thanks for the link! It really is just a lot easier to take the steps to securing your blog than it is to try to fix all of the damage hackers can do. Thanks again!

    1. You are so right cat, prevention is always better than the cure.

  16. Most of the info in his article is just common sense and things you should already know if you’ve been using the internet for more than 2 weeks. But some of that stuff is pretty genious.

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  17. Hey Stancje, that may be true for some, but I reckon that there may be a lot out there who, like me, may find something new. Thanks for your comment mate.

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