Your blog security should be one of your main priorities.
I’m sure you don’t want anyone breaking into your WordPress account, getting or deleting your data and then disappearing into thin air.
The harsh truth is that everyday tens, or even hundreds of sites are being hacked.
Another important problem to face as a blogger is fighting against people who copy your content.
Yes, you can use this Copyright Removal tool offered by Google to report alleged copyright infringement, but it’s better safe than sorry, right?
Most of all online, where unique and original content is everything.
So, in order to help you securing your blog and your work, here you find a list of three tips to stay away from troubles (both hacks and theft).
1. Add Links Against Content Theft
There’s a simple solution to make the most out of people who are stealing your content.
Imagine gaining a link for every time someone is copying and pasting your content. Even the formatting will be copied as well.
It’s a great way to fight against content thieves.
This service I’m suggesting is called Tynt. Of course this tool won’t disable the copying of your content, but it’ll add an attribution link back to your website whenever a piece of text is copied from your blog.
Once you register for free at their service, you just need to install a script code and that’s all.
If you make a test copying a piece of content from your website, the result will look like this:
Read more: “URL of your web page where the text was taken”
Most of the people who are copying content will just add it automatically to their websites, without even noticing the link back to your blog. They simply copy, paste and publish.
Once you finish to set up the Tynt code, you can start tracking the benefits by visiting your dashboard, where it’s showed:
- content copies: number of times content left your site
- new SEO links: Tynt generated links with SEO value
- incremental traffic:pPageviews generated by Tynt links
And you can even add a message asking to follow your Twitter or Facebook pages.
2. Upload Just Trusted Plugins
One of the easiest ways for a hacker to get access to your blog is via plugins you forget to update.
Also, when you install a plugin, you basically grant it access to core files of your WordPress installation. This is the main reason why you should pay attention to the plugins you choose to install on your website.
Always take into consideration these four points when deciding to install a new WordPress plugin.
Is It Featured in WordPress.org Plugins Directory?
Be sure to look for the plugin you want to install in the WordPress.org plugins directory, because if you can’t find it there, it means it’s either a premium one or simply not legitimate.
If there’s the option to download your desired plugin from there, then you can feel safe!
What Are the Ratings?
Pay a closer look to the star rating that the plugin has received and also the distribution of the votes.
Be sure to read also the one-star ratings, but generally pay attention that the number of the five-star ones is bigger.
How Many Downloads?
This is also a surefire way to spot a bad plugin. A very popular plugin simply generate thousands of downloads, which means that number of people using and testing it.
A bad plugin can’t get many downloads, also because it would be removed right away by the moderators of the WordPress.org plugins directory.
If Premium, Look at Third-Party Reviews
As already mentioned, the premium plugins won’t be featured in this directory.
So, how can you spot a bad plugin?
Simply make sure to search for reviews of people who have actually tried it.
3. A Security Plugin You Must Use
Other than what explained until this point, I also suggest you to use a plugin to help you fighting the hackers.
It’s called “Limit Login Attempts” and it was created to keep threats away from your WordPress login page.
It allows you to limit the number of times a user (based on a cookie or IP) can unsuccessfully login to your blog.
You can even set up a notification when this happens, so to monitor the IP addresses.
These are three security tips to help you protect your WordPress blog from unsolicited access and to get the most out of the content thieves.
What about you?
Are you already using these steps to secure your blog?
What other tips you recommend to follow?
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