This is a new weekly post where I’ll be sharing interesting posts that I’ve found throughout the week. Today, I’ll start with a brief recap on the recent attack on WordPress sites including a link to an article that I believe covers the situation thoroughly with some steps that you can take immediately. Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a seasoned veteran, you should either be able to either learn something new or share your experience and personal recommendations with the rest of us.
How to Protect Your WordPress Website from Security Attacks
Here’s just a quick recap of some of the very basic things that you should be doing to protect your WordPress blog/website. Hopefully, you’re already doing these things.
- Delete the default “admin” username. How? 1) Create a new user with administrator rights. 2) Logon as that user and delete admin. 3) When you’re prompted to transfer all of the posts created under the admin username, select your new account. 4) Backup your database.
- Create a secure password. It needs to be a minimum of 8 characters long, including characters and numbers, at least one capital letter and at least one special character. Possibly the best solution is to use a password service such as: LastPass or RoboForm.
- Limit the number of logon attempts per host in a specified time period. (If you’re not using a more robust security plugin, at the very least, install the Login Lockdown plugin. Yes, it’s an old plugin and it hasn’t been updated recently but it still performs well as is.)
- Set up file change detection to notify you if there are changes to your WP installation. (Plugins like Better WP Security enable you to do this and you can exclude notifications when directories like cache are modified.)
- There are several popular WordPress security plugins that you can install to protect your site. Three of the most popular are: Better WP Security, WordFence Security and BulletProof Security. (Feel free to share your favorite WordPress security plugin/program in the comment section.)
For a more in-depth article, I recommend reading Ongoing WordPress Security Attacks, The Details and Solutions.
How to Contact Some of the Major Social Network Sites
If you have had an issue trying to contact the support team for any of the major social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+, I’m sure you would have appreciated having access to this great article by Kristi Hines: How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks. This is definitely a link that I’ve bookmarked.
How To Optimize and Promote your Blog Posts
Recently, I wrote a post titled Tips for Bloggers | Before You Press that Publish Button where I shared tips on some simple SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to optimize your images and graphics for the search engines. To expand on the information in my article, I recommend reading How I promote my new blog posts by Mike Alton where he shares the 21 steps that he takes after he posts an article to his blog.
I hope you find these resources helpful and I hope you like the idea of my writing this series of posts which I intend to schedule on Fridays. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and recommendations below.