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The primary reason WordPress sites get hacked is due to lax security, outdated software, themes and plugins. If you have a WordPress website, you now have the unavoidable responsibility to keep your site up to date.
When WordPress updates — you update!
When your theme or plugins offer an update — you update!
Don’t keep up and you may wake up one morning to a hacked or broken site.
How do you avoid WordPress security problems?
Here’s what you do.
1. Create a separate admin account.
Once your WordPress site is setup, setup a new admin level account and then delete the default Admin account. Hackers look for that “admin” account to exploit.
2. Use a non-obvious username.
Make sure your WordPress Username is not your name. That’s the first guess those trying to access your system will make.
3. Use a secure password.
Change your password to something wacky. Not your pet’s name, not your husband’s nickname, not your birth date — and for goodness sake not “password”.
Include at least 8 characters, both upper and lower case and throw in some other characters for good measure. WordPress suggests difficult passwords like this:
…on your User page under Account Management > New Password > Generate Password Button.
As crazy as those passwords are — they work — use them! Do the same for your server/FTP password by creating a different password than what you use for your WordPress login.
4. Install a security plugin.
5. Frequently backup your site and run updates.
Update, update, update! But back-up first! When you see that notice of an available WordPress update, stop and update WordPress and your plugins right then and there. Not sure how? I’ve got a GoDaddy tutorial to help you backup and update WordPress too.
You can avoid getting hacked by securing your site by following the above 5 simple steps!
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