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Protecting Your Website From Hackers – Blog Security

Is your blog secured from hackers? I bet you it is not. However, if it is congratulations, you represent a minority. Why is that? Well, many bloggers are inexperienced,  and they do not appreciate the importance of securing their blogs against hackers or they simply don’t know how to protect their websites from hackers.

The other scenario is like myself. For me the reason I did not have a protection on my blog is because I found some of the available plugins too technical and I was intimidated by the settings requirements. As well, many of the plugins I looked at were expensive and often included monthly charges, so I procrastinated. And, I continued to risk my site.

This morning a friend of mine, pointed me in the direction of a plugin that secures a blog against hackers. All I had to do was to install it on my site. No fooling around with the settings. (I love one click deals). Now my site is secured against hackers. I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. (Update: In less than 24 hours over 60 attacks on my site were blocked). Below is an example from my email box that shows you the number. There are 61 consolidated emails in that file.

WP Secure Pro email alerts

 

If you too are like me don’t let your own insecurities prevent you from protecting your website from hackers. It is not worth the gamble. Blog security is a must!

Let me share a story with you. About two years ago I purchased a report from an internet marketer who discovered an awesome formula to drive traffic to his Adsense blogs. Using his formula he was enjoying tenth of thousands of visitors to his blog. (Sadly, I could not use this formula because it applied to a very few specific niches). However, I was quite taken by this marketer and I followed him on ezines where he published his articles. His readership was huge, well over 100,000. Any one that ever published an article on ezines knows that a huge readership like that is a major accomplishment.

One day, perhaps two month later, once again I came across an article from him. It had 40,000 readers. I was curious which site he was promoting so I clicked on the link. All I got on the screen was a notice that the site has been hacked! Wow, what a financial setback this must have been to him.

When your site is hacked, it does not just stop there. You have a lot more to worry about. Not only you lose traffic to your site, you may also lose all the work you put into developing your blog (yes, you may be backing up your site but if you have a large number of pages, resetting it all may be quite a nightmare). It is also possible that, after ripping your site apart, the hacker will then redirect your blog to an illegal site, or fill your website with illegal content.

Many people are not aware that when their websites get hacked they may get banned by Google and/or the victim’s (not the hacker’s) Google account may be suspended. Never being able to show Google Adsense ads, for some marketers, may mean financial ruin. In addition, your hosting account may be suspended as well. You essentially may become annihilated.

Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure to secure your blog from hacking criminals. Protecting your website from hackers should be the top priority on your list. It is not worth risking it. If you are like me, and don’t know how to secure your blog, go for the one click solution to security here…

If you want more advanced solutions use Google search to find them. Whichever way you choose to secure your website is better than no way at all. Just make sure you do it.

I would love to hear how you protect your blog  and which are your favorite tools for blog security. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Protecting Your Website From Hackers – Blog Security

  1. Jim January 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Good advice.
    Any reason you aren’t using the ‘wpsecurityplus’ plugin that you are plugin’ (pun intended) on this site??

    • admin January 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Hi Jim,

      I have just installed the wp security pro plugin before I wrote the article, hence the article. I am quite pleased with it. Since I installed it, the plugin blocked over 60 attacks.

      Sorry, it looks like you missed this sentence in the post: “This morning a friend of mine, pointed me in the direction of a plugin that secures a blog against hackers. All I had to do was to install it on my site. No fooling around with the settings. (I love one click deals). Now my site is secured against hackers. I can finally breathe a sigh of relief.”

      Cheers,

      Dita

  2. Roger Weavers January 19, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    Hi Dita,

    This is something that many bloggers are unaware of. I have had a blog running for many years but only installed this type of protection late last year. I am using a free plug-in called “Better WP Security” I don’t know how this compares with “wp security pro” but 7 bucks is a small price to pay for security.
    I can easily believe that your plug-in has blocked over 60 attacks. When I first installed my security plug-in it banned 28 IP addresses within a few days. Something was trying to hack my in site from these addresses, probably for a while.
    This is something every blog should have installed.

    Cheers
    Roger

    • admin January 19, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Roger,

      Thank you for sharing the info about the plugin you use and your experience. With respect to the attacks on my site, upon further inspection of the reports I received from Wp Secure Pro I noticed that a number of the attacks were from the same IP address. Hmmm!

      Have great day,

      Dita

  3. Sandy Halliday January 20, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I hear from time to time that some internet marketers have had their blogs hacked but I have to admit that I have not installed a particular plugin to protect mine but I probably will now I have read your post.

    One thing you can do is to back up your blog regularly. There are some good free WP plugins for this too. At least you can get it back relatively easily.

    Backing up your blog can also help if something else happens to it and it crashes.

    Sandy

    • admin January 20, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Sandy,

      I know, this is crazy. We all hear horror stories, we all know we have to do it but…

      The funny thing is that the security of my site always bothered me, I just never did anything about it until the day of my post. I really am glad I got the protection. I continue to receive notices in my mail about blocked attacks.

      Backing up your site is a must and I have that. The problem with respect to hacking is that ofter after a site is hacked it is not the hacker that gets punished, it is often the victim, when their sites get banned by Google and or their hosts stop the service.

      Have a great day,

      Dita

  4. The Great Gordino January 20, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Dita,
    This is something I am bad at – need to investigate this area for sure!
    Thanks for the prompt.

    Cheers,
    Gordon

    • admin January 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Hey Gordon,

      Thanks for stopping by. You welcome. Hope you’ll get some sort of security set up soon.

      The option I introduced here is not the only option. There are other tools you can find online.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  5. Lee January 23, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Hi
    This is something that hadn’t even occurred to me. But now seeing my blog getting ranked and looking at all the work I have put into it the thought of it getting hacked and ruined is not a pleasant one. I just thought who is going to want to hack my blog. But I suppose what ever niche you are in there is probably someone amongst your competition who is prepared to try and get rid of the competition sad feeling really.

    So for bringing this to my attention thanks lee

    • admin January 23, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Hi Lee,

      You welcome, I am glad my post started you thinking about security of your website.

      Have a great day,

      Dita

  6. Glenn Shepherd January 28, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Hi Dita!

    Thanks for the great post. As a PC engineer and long-time computer user, security is something that i am usually on top of. However, for some reason I haven’t given much thought to securing my blog until now. But I’ll be sure to get on it immediately. I think that maybe if I’d have approached things the way I’d normally do so then I’d have covered all the bases and made sure that all the behind-the-scenes stuff on my site was in place before publishing. But I had in my mind what had been emphasized by Alex Jeffreys and others, the point of not getting things perfect but to just get things going. I still stand by that and think that it’s awesome advice, but on the other hand I think that there are some things that you just can’t skimp on and need to spend just that little bit of time ensuring that they’re sorted. Of course things such as layout, design, etc aren’t essential at the beginning and can be tweaked later on once you’ve got going, but I think that if you do spend just a little time ensuring that you’re up to speed with the essentials, such as security, then you’re potentially saving yourself from a huge headache further down the line.

    Thanks again Dita and I’m looking forward to working with you in Dean Holland’s program! 🙂

    Glenn 🙂

    • Dita Irvine February 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Glen,

      I was always worried about the security of my blog. I put so much work into it and I would hate to see it “destroyed” as consequences of being hacked may be detrimental to ones blog.

      What ever security system you are considering, don’t delay it. Take action.

      Best regards,

      Dita

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