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Don’t Get Hacked! WordPress Security Infographic

WordPress Security

WordPress Security is an issue for all WordPress users.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a good person or whether or not your site has high volume or whether or not your site is controversial.

The point is that any site can get hacked at any time!

Don’t Use ‘admin’ as a login username

There are some simple things that you can do to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of a WordPress hack attack.   For instance, never use the word “admin” for your login username on a WordPress website.  Here’s a link to a video on this site on how to easily change the login username.

Always Update Your WordPress

Always make sure you update your WordPress website to the latest version.   I have a video here on how to update to the latest version of WordPress.   The video uses WordPress 3.4.1 but the method is exactly the same to update to later versions of WordPress like 3.5.2, for instance.

Use WordPress Security Plugins

Use some of the WordPress Security Plugins recommended in this infographic.   For instance, Better WP Security is a great plugin to enhance your WordPress Security and I use it myself.   Here are two more well-known, well-respected WordPress Security plugins that I use on my site Wordfence and Sucuri plugins.

My Other WordPress Security Blog Post

And here’s another blog post that I wrote that has some excellent tips, links and resources for helping to prevent your WordPress website from being hacked. And that blog post also has links to one of the best protections you can have against hackers and that is a good backup to your WordPress files and database!

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  • Hi Jupiter,After reading this article.I got some weakness about my WordPress site security. Im working for it .Really thanks for your ideas.
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  • Hi Jim!

    Phew…after reading this, I think I have it all under control. I know this is a hot topic right now because many of my friends have gotten hacked.

    I think the most common mistake people make is using the word “admin” and I just cannot figure out why they are still doing that.

    Also, the password. Mine is so long and weird plus I change it often. I find that my friends that have gotten hacked were playing around with too many plugins. That’s the one thing I shy away from unless I know it has been around for a while.

    I love the inforgraphic! It shows how many ways those hackers can get in.

    Great job!

    -Donna
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  • Hi Jim,
    this is the most comprehensive information I have seen so far on the subject.
    I am so glad to have learned about the ‘admin’ login when I started using wordpress.
    There are a lot of points that relate to the database security and some of them I have addressed in the past.
    Do you have any tutorials about this.
    How do you hide your wp-config file?

    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Best wishes!
    Yorinda
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  • Its a shame that this stuff is needed but I guess everyone needs a hobby and if that’s breaking into your site then well..

    Security has been more and more important to me as the popularity of my site grows. So thanks for the constant reminder Jim.
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    • jupiterjim

      Clint,

      You are absolutely right! It’s a crying shame that people have to worry about this stuff and defend against it and have to become victim to it, because other people can’t find a less destructive hobby.

      As for the reminders, you are exactly right! I have done previous articles on WordPress Security, but I know that everyone gets busy and forgets about it. Unfortunately, most people will forget about it until they themselves are the victims.

      I tried to include several critical steps , but simple steps that people can use to prevent hacking.

      P.S. on a recent blog post you listed some websites and that are great for syndicating our blog posts and I’m using it, so thanks for the great information and your great site!
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  • Hi Jupiter,
    Great tips indeed. I was not aware of security plugins before. On one fine day my blog was attacked and luckily I managed to get my blog back. Later I installed ‘All in one WP Security plugin’ to protect my blog from bad guys. This plugin is pretty good and everything is running smoothly now. Thanks for sharing this infographic with us. :)
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    • jupiterjim

      Suresh,

      Yes, that’s a great security plugin for WP as well. Glad your blog survived the attack! Thanks for dropping by!!!
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  • Hi Jim,
    I do use Better WP Security. I couldn’t agree with you more that it is important to do WordPress updates and use a good password. I am getting annoying trackbacks that are spam and use CommentLUV premium and have our visitors use a check box that they are not spammers. If you have any ideas please let me know. I also am responding from the LinkedIn group and hope we have made new contacts. Please check back on my site on Wednesday for out new blog.
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    • jupiterjim

      Arleen,

      Thanks for your comment. Not sure how to get rid of the trackback spam. I am also using CommentLuv. Please, let me know if you find a good solution to the trackback spam on commentluv!

      I greatly enjoy your blog as well!
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  • VERY helpful post, Jim! There are some tips here I’m going to follow at the first opportunity on Monday. Thank you!

    Willena
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  • I think all things are under control. This is a hot topic right now. Most of us make a mistake by using the word “admin”. I wonder why people do so.

  • Hey Jim !
    Thanks for sharing these tips mate .. I’ll be following these tips and apply them on my WordPress blogs ..Thanks

    -Pramod
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  • Thanks for the tips!

    I always wait about a week and then do the upgrades when they show up in my dashboard and so far this has worked out without me having to deal with too many bugs.
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  • Terrific! I have to admit to putting my head in the sand about most of these things… thanks for helping me to pull it out!
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  • Hey Jim,

    I didn’t know that the blog can easily get hacked if it is not updated to the latest version.

    You have lots to offer and each time I stop by your blog, I surely have tips to take away with me.

    Thank you, Jim.

    Cheers
    Pearly Quah
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  • Hi Jim! What an enormous resource! I am someone that learned the hard way early on how vulnerable a Wordpress site can be if you don’t pay close attention. I am now diligent in my upgrades, updates and security measures. My website is my livelihood, so there’s no messing around when it comes to taking care of such a vital marketing piece within my business.
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  • Hi Jupiter,

    Wordpress security: terrible problem. You can get hacked at any time, indeed. However, I do agree with you. You need to do everything in your power to minimize the risks.

    The infographic is very well known and excellent.

    1. “Don’t use admin as a login username”. True. I have already changed my username from admin to something very different. It is very easy to do it but you must be careful not to delete all your posts.

    2. Always update your Wordpress. I agree but when? As far as I know, it is not a good idea to update WP exactly in the day when the new update appears. It seems you need to wait a few more days, talk to your friends who updated it and check your most important plugins to see if they are compatible with the new update.

    3. Use Wordpress security plugins? Absolutely. The problem is which one? For the moment I use only one security plugin called Botnet attack blocker.
    I heard about WordFence. Usually good reviews. I would like to try it but I don’t know if it works with the other plugin I have.

    4. Backup your Wordpress files and database.
    This is very important, indeed. I use three methods:

    a. Wordpress Database Backup (it saves only the core Wordpress tables)

    b. Export option in Wordpress (saves the XML file.

    c. PhpMyadmin (saves the database).
    PhpMyadmin seems to save everything. The only problem I have is that it must be done manually. I hate this. I am looking for a method to backup my database automatically. It would be nice to do it without a plugin.

    Have a nice day
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  • Hi Jim,

    Just upgraded to Wordpress 3.6. Although I was hesitant at first because of possible plugin incompatibilities, the thought of getting hacked was far more frightening.
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  • I want to stab the original creator of that infographic. It belongs in an ebook or a styled multi-page post.

    WordPress is actually secure…. its what we set on top of it that opens it up to possible problems if that plugin adds information to the database.
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  • Hey Jim,
    I could never figure out why someone would want to hack into my site? What do they gain? HUM Just to trash it or what? Anyways Thanks for the information it was all very helpful. Chery :)
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  • I already installed security plugins in my Wordpress but what bothers me is, what if i upgrade? thus my security plugins still applicable? or should I use your recommended security plugin.
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  • Jim, You have provided some really valuable info on how to stop your site from getting hacked. I have several security measures in place on my site and they seem to be working well to date. Thanks for some great suggestions that I’m going to implement in addition to what I already am using.
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  • Excellent article and infographic presentation and thank you for security plugin.

  • I was hacked once, so security is a very important thing for me. Although I didn’t know there is a possibility to change a username in Wordpress, so thank you for this tip.
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  • I like to force users to make strong passwords for their accounts too.

  • In my earlier bloggin journey when i was a newbie my blog was hacked like more than 3 times. I wish this article was present for me at that time. But now this will be a great help for newbies who started their wordpress blog. thanks for this nice article….
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