Illegal hacking is a serious offence. Google “prevent WordPress hack” and you will see millions of results, which shows how people are worried about keeping their WordPress websites and blogs free from hacking.

Is your WordPress safe from hacking?

Check out the following ways to keep WordPress site safe from hacking:

Note: Wherever plug-ins is mentioned, they are applicable for paid WP sites. Free WP sites cannot install plug-ins.

1) Update to the Latest Version

WordPress intimates you whenever there is a relevant updated version. Sometimes many of us tend to ignore it; however, these updates are important because they contain latest security fixes.

By not updating WP, you expose the blog for hacking in future.

2) Change Password Often

This is an often overlooked feature. You should change your WP password at least twice a month. Try to make the password difficult to decipher by including both upper-case and lower-case letters, symbols, capital letters, and numbers.

Moreover, if there is more than one WP user for the same blog, ask them to follow the same. Refrain from using names, birthdates, favorite movie names and others as your password.

3) Take Weekly WordPress Backup

You should have a backup of the entire WP database before and after you make any changes into it. You can either do this manually or you can use the Backup Buddy plug-in that will email you the backup of the entire database. By entire database, I mean everything like files, images, digital media and others.

If you are using this plug-in, do not forget to update it as and when the updates are shown.

4) Use WP Security Scan

It is one of the best WP security plug-in available.

Install it on the blog and scan your blog every week. The scanner will scan the entire WP database and tell you if it finds any malicious codes or vulnerabilities. It will either say “You have the latest stable version of WordPress” or “You do not have a stable version of WordPress” and will list out the problems.

5) WordPress Username Change

The username with which you login to WP should be different from the username displayed on the WP posts. This is necessary because hackers will always target your username first and try to decipher the correct password. If the username is different then it complicates the process further which is exactly what you need.

The solution is to create two admin accounts for your use. Use one to do backend activities and setup the other one to be displayed on your blog posts. As before, change the passwords frequently.

These are five basic ways to keep WordPress sites safe. Once you’re finished, follow-up with the remaining five ways. Watch out for this space. Will be publishing it soon.