My Blog Has Been Hacked!
The worst news you can hear is, my blog has been hacked. Hackers can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time.
So the questions is how do your protect your blog? Great question and I am going to share 3 things you can do right now to protect your blog.
***Quick Disclaimer: This is going to be mainly for those that are hosting their own blog using the wordpress platform. ***
Protection before You Hear My Blog Has Been Hacked
- Admin User – if you are signing into your blog using admin stop immediately. This is the default of every wordpress blog and hackers know it. They can send attacks on your site in a matter of seconds trying to crack your password and take over. The best thing you can do is go in under Users in your back office and create a new user. Delete admin if you can or make sure that there is a super strong password on it. Protect yourself and your blog going forward by using the new user name and password.
- Wordfence Plugin – this is a plug in you can get for free at www.wordpress.org. It will take you a few minutes to set up but well worth the time and peace of mind. I have this one installed and love it.
- Better WP Security – this is another plugin that you can use to protect your blog from being hacked. I don’t use it but after attending a WP networking group this was another one that was recommended.
On a side note you only need to use one of plugins. Doubling up is not going to offer any more protection then just using one. Also you don’t want a bunch of plugin running on your site or you have a higher chance of causing a slow load time for your readers and potentially crashing your blog.
Did a quick video showing you how to create a new user and where to find these two security plugins. If you have any more tools or suggestions share them below in the comment section. Would love to hear what you are using to protect my blog from being hacked.
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