If you are not taking any steps to keep your blog safe from being hacked or spammed, you are doing nothing for it even if it attains the higher position on search engines. At one point or the other, your blog will be hacked and the position will be lost. Moreover, WordPress also keeps updating themes and plug-ins from time to time so that the security cannot be breached. You should connect to the official site of WordPress on a regular basis so that you know when the latest updates for security are available to be downloaded.
By performing a few simple tasks, you can easily ensure the safety of your WordPress blog as mentioned below:
Check the password of your WP account and database
The hackers can easily hack the passwords for your WordPress account and database. It is highly recommended to check the password’s strength and follow the rules properly to make it stronger. You must keep alphanumeric passwords because they are not easily hacked. It is not suggested to keep the passwords containing names, birth dates or anniversary dates. They can be hacked and the hackers can spoil your high ranking blog very easily. They even start sending spam emails which can make your blog blacklisted.
Move WP-Config.php file
Moving WP-config.php file will always ensure better safety for your blog. You can place this file in a different folder. In order to do so, you should perform following:
move the file to:
You will easily be able to do it if you possess technical skills. If you are unable to do so, you should seek the help of a person who has in-depth knowledge about it.
Make your file uploads folder not browsable
In order to ensure the safety of your blog, you should edit .htaccess file by downloading on your computer. You can open it in Notepad and at the end of the WordPress Code, you should add following line:
After changes are done, you can upload the file again at the same location. This way, hackers will not be able to upload any malicious code on your blog.
Close the gate for XSS attacks
You need to make sure that allow_url_include should be turned off. If it is turned on, the hackers can access the files because it will open the gates for cross site attacks. To do so, you need to locate php.in file and perform the following:
allow_url_include = on
and change it to:
allow_url_include = off
For additional security of your blog, you should also check the following at your backend:
By following above mentioned key points, you will ensure that the blog is safe from getting hacked. It is suggested to keep searching the safety measures plug-ins on its official site.
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