This is paramount concern for almost all of us. We will discuss something which we can do to prevent our blogs or website from being hacked.
Although hackers are always a step ahead of many of us, because we as a blogger, generally non geeks, so sometimes faces hard time securing our blogs or websites.
Since Most of us are using WordPress for writing our blogs, I will suggest some points with WordPress in consideration. Few tools which are freely available as a WordPress plugin can be used as a defence against hackers or anything which can be termed as illegal access.
Some wordpress plugins
You use comments section as a effective medium for engaging visitors. However there is always a threat that someone might spam your website with unsolicited messages. Even some really bad links placed as back links, which ultimately hampers your website’s search engine ranking.
Akismet is installed along with the WordPress installation. So just go to the plugins page and activate the p
Akismet is WordPress plugin which filters the spammy messages and administrator has to intervene and see and decide which messages are really spam or genuine. Some messages do appear as a genuine even though they are spam. This trick we can learn with experience and some extensive reading overtime.
This is one more plugin which comes with the WordPress installation. It is useful in blocking brut force attack from certain IP address after certain number of retries.
If someone tries to login to your WordPress login and failed for more than the specified number of attempts, you as a admin get an email alert. You can quickly get into touch with your housing people to take some quick action.
This is another plugin which fences your website with application firewall. With 22 million+ downloads it is one of the most trusted security available on the wordpress. It has a threat defence feed which continuously updates the plugin with latest firewall rules, malware signatures, malicious IP addresses to keep it updated to fight against the possible threats to your website. It includes web application firewall and malware scanner to keep the website safe and secure. WordPress admin gets an security email alert and allows you to take some prompt action to safeguard your website. You can see the live traffic feed and check who are the humans who is on your website or who are bots crawling your website.
Live Traffic using Wordfence
The above image shows you that first two hits are from crawlers/ bots while the third record is from a human. The user is using Microsoft IE ver 11 on windows 8.1. The user is from Montreal , Canada. This is very useful information for taking any action if you want to.
This is one more wordpress plugin which safeguards login , database and backup security. Database backup logging, security logging, HTTP error logging, login security and monitoring, Idle session logout are some of the good features it has into its free version. Pro version has data comparison tool, read only file locking along with the free version features. I am currently studying this plugin so I will definitely post more on this plugin at some later stage.
This is not exactly a security plugin however it is still helpful in backing up your heart of the business that’s correct! The Content of your website. The blog security does include the backing up the existing data, plugins, images, and written text. Backupguard comes handy when you lose your website content due to any unforeseen or out of control event. You can restore your blog within minutes if you have a backup at your disposal.
What else can we do for a blog Security?
The above are some of the few points you can certainly go for, to ensure a blog security. However one more thing which is very basic in nature, is before publishing the blog to the internet, prepare a document may be a word file or pdf file having all the content of your blog. Keep it safe at at multiple places of your choice like local hard disk, CD or USB Drive or even to a Google Drive.
Do share your experiences and any feedback about the above mentioned plugins.