{Protect your WordPress Install Against Hacking with these Three Key Tips}

Please understand that WordPress as awesome as it may seem, can also be a security risk. I know that this is kind of shocking because if you've read any kind of article on this website, you know that we are big on WordPress. In fact, WordPress forms a big chunk of our domain name.

How could we say that WordPress attracts more than its fair share of hackers and other people are eager on compromising your website's security?

It really all boils down to market domination. If you're looking for any kind of content management system, regardless of what type of website you run, WordPress is your best bet.

I can say this with a straight face and utmost confidence because nothing comes close when it comes to ease of use and general flexibility and accessibility. WordPress leaves everybody else in the dust. Yes! I'm talking about Drupal or Joomla and other platforms. Nobody comes close. That's how awesome WordPress is.

You can basically turn your basic install into any kind of website. Whether you were looking for a form, a link list, directory site, or some sort of a service exchange platform, WordPress is up to the job. As long as the kind of website you have in mind uses some sort of dynamic database, WordPress is right up there.

With that said, it is easy to see why it is so popular.

In fact, there are so many WordPress installs all over the planet that there are millions of WordPress active installations. This is precisely what makes it a security target.

It's not really WordPress itself, or any kind of security designed flaw within the software that creates the problem. What creates the problem? What source of this potential security breach? You've guessed right, it's the people who install them. Let me repeat that again, it's the people who install the WordPress in the first place.

You have to understand that when you install WordPress you have to responsible. You have to make sure that you update your plugins, your themes, as well as the core component of the site. Otherwise, when a new security vulnerability becomes readily apparent and obvious to hackers, guess what they will do? That's right! They would run specialized software that would specifically target less than secure WordPress installations.

This is when they implant all sorts of malicious software code in those websites. They essentially turn unguarded and unsecured WordPress installation into spyware distribution channels. This can land you in all sorts of hot water and WordPress is not liable in any way. The good news is the fact that protecting your WordPress installation against hacking is actually quite easy. You just need to be proactive. Here are the three key tips that will greatly reduce your software's vulnerability to security threats:

  1. You need to install loginizer. There are no two ways about it. This plugin enables you to zero in on brute force attacks. This means that people cannot keep hitting your log in page, trying to guess your password. If they were trying to do that, they would be locked out. This makes it very painful for them and turns out that they are only wasting their time to mess with your install;
  1. You need to constantly change your passwords. Even if you use loginizer this does not absolve you of the responsibility of changing your password regularly. For a variety of reasons, people tend to leave their passwords on the internet. Seriously, if you come across a compromise site that uses cookies to capture key information while you enter a password into that file unwittingly.

If the hackers know what they’re doing, they can relate this back to websites you control. This is not all that far fetch. Hackers engaged in all sorts of activities to trick you into giving up your passwords;

  1. You need to constantly update plugins and themes. Thankfully, this is done automatically by the WordPress if you can figure it right.

Protect yourself from becoming a victim of WordPress' security hacks by following the three key tips above.