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How To Protect Your Blog With Confidence – Part 2

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I just went over how to protect your blog with confidence referencing Wordfence  Security which is a very powerful wordpress plugin to provide security for your blog.  There are other ways that you can add security to your blog to add extra protection.  This is especially good for those who prefer FREE options instead of paying for the premium options.  Let’s go over these:

  1.  BBQ Firewall – BBQ is a super fast firewall that automatically protects WordPress against a wide range of threats.
  2. WPS Hide Login – Protect your website by changing the login URL and preventing access to wp-login.php page and wp-admin directory while not logged-in. 
  3. Askimet – Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.  Requires you register for an API Key.
  4. Proxy & VPN Blocker – Proxy & VPN Blocker. This plugin will prevent Proxies and VPN’s accessing your site’s login page or making comments on pages & posts using the Proxycheck.io API
  5. No Bot Registration – Prevent people from registering by blacklisting emails and present people with a security question when registering or posting a comment.
  6. Cloudflare – Not a plugin, but a service online that protects your website or blog

The descriptions of the above plugins except for #6 are straight from the WordPress Plugin screen where you find them.  So, if you have all 6 of these going on in addition to Wordfence Security, then you are being protected by 6 different security measures that can give hackers a severe headache thus keeping them from affecting your website or blog.  All of these are compatible with Wordfence Security.  Now there is a setting for Cloudflare in Wordfence Security that you’ll have to apply if you use Clouldflare.com.

So, everything from your firewall, hiding your login page, spam and vpn access as well as overall security can be protected by making use of these systems or plugins.  You are worth it and it is worth your time to add these options for your security.

The Plugins above.

The above plugins (not cloudflare) are all easy to setup.  You can have them all working for you in no time at all.  The BBQ Firewall plugin is a set it and forget it type plugin, so all you have to do is just install it.  The others require minor setup.

All inclusive?

Now, do you have to use all of these plugins and systems?  No, you can use only what you want, I’m just pointing out that if you want to completely blanket yourself with protection, using all of these will close the doors to those hackers trying to get in and reek havoc.  If you want to pick and choose which ones to use, then at the very least, use Cloudflare, Wordfence Security & WPS Hide Login. 

Cloudflare.

While there is a Cloudflare plugin in the wordpress repository, you do not have to install it to make use of Cloudflare.  You can take advantage of all that Cloudflare offers through their website.  If you want more control, then signing up for Cloudflare online is the way to go.  Cloudflare applies to your URL the https part that replaces the http.  You’ll also notice a padlock with your website in the command line when using Cloudflare.  There will be some DNS changes for your domain name that will be needed to be made.  Cloudflare will instruct you what to do in this case. 

Cloudflare will report back to you periodically on your websites with performance and security statistics via email. 

Backups.

One extra and very necessary form of security is to fully back up your blog.  Without a full backup of your blog or website, you can never be fully confident and secure.  You want to be sure that if for some reason a successful hack does happen, that you can recover your website or blog quickly.  You may ask, well if I have all this security, then why the need for a backup?  The answer is, that Hackers are always looking for a way in.  So, the more secure you are the less chances for hackers to completely sink your ship.  A good backup plugin is updraftplus found in the wordpress repository.  With that plugin, you can have your site backed up automatically.  Recommended step would be to download the backup at least once a month to a flash drive.

In Review.

After reading Part’s 1 and 2, how is your feelings on the need for security?  It’s better to be prepared than to wake up one day to a harsh reality that your site just got hacked.  These 2 articles are not a complete bible on Security, but just a way to point out the importance and what you can do.  If you choose to go with no security, then you run the real risk of some day finding that your website has been hacked.  In the infancy of your website or blog life, it may not be all that bad, but as you grow, a couple of years or so down the road, a successful hack could be deadly to your blog. 

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Tim

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