2 Easy Steps You Can Take to Protect Your WordPress Blog

Something Evil Your Way Comes …

hackerThere 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.

  1. Keep WordPress, your theme, and plugins updated.
  2. 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 knowUpDraft Plusn 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,

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  1. Silviu
    1 year ago

    Hello Mrs. Denning,

    I have found your site through B3. I have just joined and now I want to know the community. I have watched the video carefully. It is a complex plugin that seems to do the job completely: Backup and Restoration. My questions are:

    Does it saves everything? Does it save the images and comments, too? Did you try a restoration with this plugin? Did it worked?

    To backup my blog I use :

    a. WordPress Database Backup plugin. It saves only the core tables of WordPress
    b. The XML file with Tools – Export. It saves many other things but not all.
    c. The database with PhpMyAdmin. It saves everything.

    However, the process of saving the database is manual and I am searching for a way to automatize it. This plugin might be what I need but I want to know first if it saves everything. Also I need to know it works and the results of the restoration process are 100% OK.

    Have a nice day


    • Leslie Denning
      1 year ago

      Hi Silviu, and welcome to to B3. It’s always nice to have new people join us.

      I’m not sure I can accurately answer you, but I’ll try. From everything I have read, it backs up both the files and database and saves it to a remote storage area of your choice. I haven’t had to use it, and I don’t want to EVER! I did go to their site and found a testimonial that talked about how the writer was able to restore his blog when his database when poof on his server.

      My best advice would be to go on a Google hunt to find out for yourself.

      All the best,
      Leslie


  2. Nile
    1 year ago

    These are great tips. I usually suggest something a bit more in depth.

    There is a myth that WordPress is not secure. It is… it is actively worked on and kept up-to-date. Normally it is the userend that there are problems. With the themes and plugins out there, it opens up WordPress… so we have to do things like hardening the security to tighten everything again.
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    • Leslie Denning
      1 year ago

      Hi Nile. I am actually going to suggest a few more things – just haven’t gotten to it yet! So much to do – so little time …

      I think that your are right about WordPress being secure, as long as the users are doing what they should. I’ve gotten very diligent about updates, and I’m going to install a few more plugins that are security-minded. Thanks for your comment. You have fantastic WordPress tutorials on your site.

      All the best,
      Leslie


  3. Chery Schmidt
    1 year ago

    Hey :Leslie, I too have been procrastinating doing this since I read Kim’s blog a while ago. then just last week I decided it was time to go ahead and get my blog backed up. I also picked UpDraft Plus ( Great Minds Think Alike) I do not think it was necessary to back this up everyday though.What are your thoughts? You did a great job here with this video girl I should have procrastinated another week then I wouldn’t have wasted a whole night trying to figure this out on my own..

    Now Working instead of fireworks! REALLY I Love Fireworks!! I watched them 3 night in a row this year.HEHE Silly Girl Thanks for sharing Leslie.. Chery :)


    • Leslie Denning
      1 year ago

      Hi Chery. I’m glad you’re being proactive. It’s so easy to think ‘it could never happen to me’. Funny you – that procrastinating another week would have saved you some time.

      The reason I set mine to update daily is because I never know when people are going to come and comment, and the comments would be lost if something went wrong.

      I love fireworks, too, but we got a helacious rain storm just about the time that people were setting up on the deck for the barbecue. It poured, and I didn’t want to get all wet, even though it had stopped by fireworks time (I love to lay on a blanket to watch fireworks). There is a golf course about a mile away that puts on a marvelous show, but I did decide to take the quiet opportunity to get a little work done. What can I say? I love what I do!

      Thanks for visiting me.

      All the best,
      Leslie


  4. Yorinda
    1 year ago

    Hi Lesly,
    thank you for the great video.
    I like the way that plugin has a ‘restore’ and ‘clone’ button which some of the other plugins don’t seem to have. I also like the way it has the different cloud storage options.

    Sofar I have been using two plugins to back up my blog according to a post by Kimberly Castleberry.

    Thank you so much for introducing me to another backup option!
    Much appreciated!
    Yorinda
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  5. Adesanmi Adedotun
    1 year ago

    Hey Leslie,

    These group people are what I referred to as online virus, malicious, trojan and whatever names that befit any evil doers, I love this video indeed


    • Leslie Denning
      1 year ago

      Thanks, Adesanmi. They probably need to be called worse names than that, but it would probably only make them smile. The best revenge is to thwart them, but it does take some preparation. I’ll be posting another article on how to further protect your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

      All the best,
      Leslie


  6. Shelley Alexander
    1 year ago

    Leslie,

    Thanks so much for putting together this video tutorial on how to use these UpDraft Plus to backup my blog. I have done like you and depended on my hosting company to do it for me but after watching your video I am going to add this plugin and do it myself. Thanks for sharing.


    • Leslie Denning
      1 year ago

      Hi Shelley. My aim is to help the helpless LOL. So many blogs about technical things are too technical for me to understand, so I’m trying to distill it down to words that non-techies can understand. I am so pleased with this plugin. Once it’s set up, it just does it’s job like a good little robot. It’s amazing, really. I’m glad that you found the video empowering.

      All the best,
      Leslie

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