Lifestyle: Keeping your WordPress site safe

As I’ve mentioned before, protecting my blog is something that I find really important and I have been researching the best ways to go about that. There are a number of reasons as to why I want to protect my blog, the first one is from hackers – there are a lot of sad individuals out there who like to hack into websites and ‘take over’ them then demand a ransom to give it back to the rightful owner. I really don’t want to have my hard work taken off me! Another reason, is just in case of any server errors – if there’s a problem with my host and my whole blog is lost that could be a big problem for me, so here are a couple more ways in which I protect my blog.

Akismet

Since my last post about keeping my blog secure, a lot of people have suggested I use Akismet which is a plug in for WordPress which helps to keep any spam away. Since I’ve installed this, I’ve found that it’s made a huge difference and I’ve only had a couple of spam comments slip through the net which is brilliant.

Backup your site

This point is really really important. You never know when you’re going to have a problem with your site, so it’s best to back it up as often as you can. I go for every week and my host (TSO Host) also does a back up every 24 hours which is part of the reason why I chose them. There are a couple of different plugins that you can use to back up your blog, including  BackUpWordPress and BackUpBuddy. I also like to keep my backups on an external hard drive just in case anything happens to my laptop.
HP are currently running a campaign focussing on hacking which you can find out more about by watching the video below.

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8 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Can you download these for wordpress.com or wordpress.org? Or both?

  2. April 28, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Askimet is great for anti-spam! I would also recommend looking at All In One WP Security, which can really lock down your admin dashboard from potential attackers!

  3. April 28, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    These are some great ideas also making sure you have word fence or another security system is a must as it makes it just that little bit harder for those people who want in.

  4. Ali Rost
    April 29, 2017 / 5:50 am

    I learned the hard way the importance of backups. A month or so ago .. someone at my hosting company deleted my entire blog. The backups they had were corrupt so we were able to restore from one 6 months back. I was so disappointed. Turns out my site was being backed up buy a random utility I’d set up a couple of years ago and forgotten about. I literally cried when I realized they had 2 years worth of daily backups!

  5. April 29, 2017 / 9:49 am

    My site was hacked once and I felt lost! Luckily someone came to my rescue. It is very scary and I know that I should back up my blog more often!

  6. April 30, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    It is so important to back up your site which speaking of I must do as I am on WordPress too. Thanks for the reminder x

  7. May 1, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Great tips, askimet is great for filtering through spam, although sometimes it is over zealous.

  8. May 3, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Akismet is a lifesaver. I literally live in dread of my site being hacked and I bet there is more I can do to protect it

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