WordPress Blog Defender – you can do it!
If you have a website you are probably using WordPress to run it. Why? Because WordPress rocks. It is
easy to use, you can change your site in an instant with one of the many thousands of templates that are available.
From an admin perspective it is really easy to create posts or pages right from your web browser. Then of course there is the whole modular design, that you can add plugins to do what ever you wish. And don’t forget the fact that is a pretty good basis to make sure your site can be search engine optimised.
So to be honest it seems that WordPress is a win win situation right?Roblox Free Unlimited Robux and Tix
You see it is all great, and is nearly a win win until the guy pictured is put into the equation. Who is he or she? Why that is Mr(s) Hacker. You know the people who want freedom for all and are there to free us from everything etc etc. Ok there are some good hackers but there are also a lot of bad hackers.
And these bad hackers like to go around and do one of a few things, sometimes all:
- Change your website
- Not change your website but inject code into the site
- If you run a business, change any affiliate links you may have to their affiliate link
Here is the kicker though. All of this could happen without you even knowing! Yup it has happened to me that my hosting company contacted me to say they had detected some dodgy files (malware) on my account. If they had not told me I would not have known as my website was working fine.
Hold on Malware, what’s that?
You see when your site is hacked a piece of code may be inserted that does something nasty, maybe not to your site but to other sites. It might set of an attack on another site, or set up a phishing site from your site. Again you may never know what it is doing.
Of course is the malware actually changes all your affiliate links to the links of the attacker then you still promote your site but suddenly discover that your income has gone down, and will never know why.
The bottom line is you don’t want this to happen.
Let’s talk security
The honest truth is that WordPress out of the box is pretty insecure of itself ;). You need to beef up some of the settings to make sure the site is secure.
This can be done by using plugins, although in the past I have found that sometimes the plugins work so well that you end up locking yourself out of the site!
One tip I can give you right now is that you need to make sure that your WordPress site is always updated. This is one of the ways your site can get infected. Basically you have a site that you don’t use too much and then you don’t visit for a year or so, and you find it has been hacked. Reason is that you have an older version of WordPress that someone has exploited.
Normally when you log in WordPress will tell you if there is an update available. If you take anything from this post, let it be that!
Doing security yourself can be tricky to be honest, as some of the plugins may conflict with each other, or they may bring your whole site down. However, not having security can result in your hosting provider removing your account from the server and you losing everything.
What’s the answer?
I have looked at many solutions to the problem and found only one that really works well, and that is blog defender. Basically Matt has given you all you need to know about defending your blog. The information just on the sales page is amazing.
But let me ask you this. Is it worth knowing what you need to know, or deciding you don’t want to invest in your website and then lose everything?
I think it’s best to be prepared and be a blog defender.