February 28, 2011

6 More Lock ‘n’ Load WordPress Blog Security Tips!


 

Last week we posted an informative post on the topic of protecting your blog from hacks, crashes and malfunctions. Well today I have a few more top tips to share with you.

In the last week or so I have recorded and identified a concerning increase in the number of unusual activities going on with some of my blogs and yep including this one too. So this post is almost like a ‘stick that up your arse’, middle finger kind of post, to all those sad individuals with nothing better to do than to try and hack into other people websites. Right now I’ve got that off my chest let’s begin…

Block IP’s in .htaccess File

If you want to block individual IP’s from viewing or accessing your blog then the first thing you can do is to create a .htaccess file in your blog’s root directory file. Paste the following code into this file and replace the red highlighted mock IP’s with the ones you want to block.

This is a great way to get rid of potential hackers wanting to do more harm than good.

Order allow,deny
Deny from 123.123.123.123
Allow from all

If you want to block more than one IP simply add “Deny from 456.456.456” after the first one and so on replacing the mock IP with the one you want to block. You can also block a whole range of IP’s.

Deny from 123.123.123.* – Block IP’s starting with 123.123.123
Deny from 456.456.*.*. – Block IP’s starting with 456.456

AskApache Password Security

There’s a pretty cool WordPress security plugin available like no other. It’s called the AskApache Password Security plugin and what it does is utilizes fast, tried-and-true built-in Security features to add multiple layers of security to your blog.

Personal Computer / Laptop Security

Security starts at home so ensure that your computer is protected from spyware, malware or any other nasty tracking bugs that can harm both your online endeavours and your computer.

Always use the Latest version of WordPress

WordPress are always regularly working on and releasing new versions of their software, so ensure that when the latest version becomes available, you’re using it.

Regular Backup

We’ve mentioned about backing up your WordPress blog in the last security tips post, but we’ll mention it again because backing up your blog on a regular basis goes without saying is one of the most important elements of running a blog. Check out our tutorial on how to create an automatic backup for your blog.

SemiSecure Encrypted Password Login

This is another cool WordPress security plugin worth looking into and it’s called SemiSecure Login Reimagined. It is designed to use a combination of public and secret-key encryption to encrypt the password on the client-side when a user logs into the admin area of your blog.

Enjoy.

Recommended Reading

Tips on Protecting your WordPress Blog from Hacks, Crashes and Malfunctions!

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2 Ways to Protect your Facebook Account from Hackers!

 

About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a successful artist and blogger working from his home in North Cornwall, UK. His insight into online business marketing, web design and self-promotion has lead him to become one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. Fabrizio now shares his tips, advice and tutorials on all aspects of internet business marketing, blogging tips, WordPress, internet tech reviews and much more. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.

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