When running a blog, the security of that blog is important. Word Press, one of the most popular blogging tools, has released many security measures to help protect bloggers from hackers and other Internet predators. They also offer tips to blog owners to keep their blogs safe and secure.
15 Security Plugins for Word Press:
• Secure Word Press
• Exploit Scanner
• BulletProof Security
• WordPress Firewall 2
• WordPress File Monitor Plus
• AskApache Password Protect
• Antivirus for WordPress
• WP Security Scans
• Defensio Anti-Spam
• Better WordPress Security
• Block Top Spammers
The Secure Word Press Plugin is the most important one to have. It can be downloaded for free and installed to any Word Press blog. Some of the benefits of using this plugin are that it cannot be used by anyone but the blog’s administrator, it gets rid of any incorrect information found on the login page and it comes with an index that keeps hackers from accessing the information in the blog.
The Blackhole is a plugin that keeps automated bots from accessing the blog. To set up this plugin, the blog owner must insert an undetected link inside the “robots.txt” file. Once this is done, if a hacker tries to access the blog they will be subjected to being looked up on WHOIS, which is a directory of website owners. Once the hacker is detected he or she will be put into a blackhole file. At that point, they will no longer be able to access the blog, keeping it safe for the owner.
The Exploit Scanner looks at a website or blog and checks all posts and comments included in the blog’s database. BulletProof Security protects the blog from attempts to hack into it. The WordPress Firewall 2 blocks hackers and can be easily installed. The WordPress File Monitor Plus informs blog owners of any changes that were made. It also works to eliminate any infected code that finds its way into a blog. The AskApache Password Protector blocks a hacker’s attempts to access the information on the blog’s administration page. AntiVirus for WordPress is used to warn the blog owner of attacks they could end up being a victim of. It also scans the blog for malicious attacks.
These are the most important plugins to have when running a Word Press site. In addition to the plugins, Word Press also offers security tips to their members.
WordPress Security Tips
Do not use the default username of Admin. This is the most common username that hackers look for. The username should be something unique that a hacker is not likely to be able to crack.
Use a different prefix for WordPress Table. This makes it less likely a hacker can use an SQL injection to hack the blog.
These tips help keep blogs safe.