Quick Update – How to Secure your WordPress Site

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I know it’s been a couple of days since I posted. It’s been a crazy end of the week / weekend here. Also my wife’s cousin passed away so it’s been an endless stream of relatives too. It’s funny how many folks you only see is at funerals or weddings. I think that’s kind of sad really.

I did manage to finish part 2 of my series. I’m getting ready to start the first words of part 3 tonight. The first words to me are always super important because they can make or break your book. So I usually take some time on the first page and then get things rolling pretty quickly.

I also wanted to mention that numerous wordpress site have been targets. Apparently some preetty sophisticated people have been trying to get access to anyone’s accounts they can. See what they do when get access is to use the wordpress site as one they will take over and it will become a host. They use all the hosts for their attacks. I’m not sure exactly why someone would do this craziness, but there are crazy people. And if you think about it, if they get enough sites they can do some major damage. Here are a couple of tips.

1. I never us ‘Admin’ as the log in for any of my blogs. I delete that username for the mix. It is easy for them to tell what my username is, they just need to look at a blog post. Most of these attacks are automated, so they use Admin, since almost all wordpress sites use that user name.

2. Make sure you have a good password. A good password is something you wouldn’t be able to remember, it uses a mix of letters (capital and lower case), number, and symbols. These guys have a list of all the most commonly used passwords and try them over and over again.

3. You can also use wordpress security tools – here are some good additional tips – http://www.cloudways.com/blog/10-essential-wordpress-security-plugins/