This week’s question comes from Megan P., an online blogger and marketer located in the state of Michigan. She asks:
“I setup my own website using wordpress. Should I be worried about the security of the website?”
Are you using WordPress as your go to service for blogging? If so, you are not alone. However safe it may seem, there are countless incidents in which people are losing their blogs because of mistakes, hacks or simply because they failed to upgrade. It is then that a thief got in and stole information. If you have a blog, it is up to you to ensure it is working at its best possible level, and that does mean using it with security features to protect you and your visitors.
Keep this in mind. If you take a few steps now you can protect your blog and improve your security. If you do not, you could spend countless sleepless nights, and money, getting it back on track. It is far harder to clean up a hacked blog than it is simply to prevent these hacks in the beginning. There are a few things you need to do.
Upgrade to the Latest Version
The first thing to do is the one thing many bloggers do not do often enough with their WordPress blog. They do not upgrade. Upgrading is not just a way for the site to get their new features out there, though this is what it often seems like. Often times, there are patches that will take care of holes in the system that allow hackers to get in and steal your information. If you upgrade, you get those holes patched so that your visitors remain safe.
Other Things to Do
There are other ways to protect your WordPress blog as well. These security measures are important, too.
Keeping your WordPress site secure is not an option. It is necessary if you plan to prevent others from stealing your information or destroying your site. Run security scans on it. Update your system whenever possible. These things make preventing an attack possible.
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