Something Evil Your Way Comes …
There are evil-doers in the world. People who derive some kind of sick pleasure out of messing up other people’s sites and find out things they have no business knowing. People who try to get something for nothing by hacking other people’s sites. I don’t understand malicious people, but we have to live in the same world with them. The best we can do is protect ourselves from them.
Some WordPress blog owners have been recently hacked. As a result, WordPress recently released an update to close up the security ‘holes’. Of course, it is a temporary fix, because it’s only a matter of time before another hacker finds a way in.
There are two things that you can do to protect your blog so that it won’t be a disaster if you get hacked.
- Keep WordPress, your theme, and plugins updated.
- Backup your blog.
An Ounce of Prevention …
Every time you go to your blog, WordPress will inform you if there are things that need to be updated. However, before you update, you should backup your blog. Updates have been known to cause problems with blogs. Even if your web host routinely backs up your site (as mine does), you should still keep your own backup in a separate location.
I admit that I have been relying on my web host to backup for me. With the latest WordPress security breach, I decided it was time to look for a reliable backup plugin for my blog. I looked at several and decided to go with UpDraft Plus. It has a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating, it’s free, and it’s very easy to use. The video below will show you how to set up UpDraft Plus. (Click on the gear in the control bar and select 720 HD for the most clear picture.)
Have you had problems with your blog’s security? What did you do to resolve it? Please join the conversation by leaving a comment below.
All the best for your success,