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How To Defeat WordPress Malware For Good

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Everyone at chloédigital loves the WordPress platform for all the customization options you can implement, the plugins you can play with and the designs you can create. But…the pinch of salt here is that WordPress is prone to some nasty malware.  

The platform is popular among publishers and business owners, so hackers couldn’t ignore it either. The blog malware can lock you out of your website, compromise your files and content and definitely mess up your entire day.

This post will teach you some quick WordPress security practices to protect your blog and business from all those cyber hazards.

But first…

What Makes Your WordPress Blog Prone to Malware?

Outdated versions of WordPress. Most of us are guilty of ignoring those nagging messages to install an updated WordPress version. Even Reuters website got hacked once because they did not update it in a timely manner. So, repeat after me – you should update your WordPress blog regularly. Don’t give hackers a loophole to exploit.

Shady plugins. Anyone can create and upload a plugin to the WP’s repository. And that is the problem. Not all publishers create good enough products, or worse – already upload infected/shady plugins. Download only those with good reviews and available support to protect your blog.  Team chloédigital already has you covered with some of the must-haves!

Free and low-quality themes. Don’t be tempted to grab something with a too-good-to-be-true price tag. High chances are that this theme (or plugin) already contains malware or has huge security vulnerabilities.

How To Protect Your Blog From Malware in 5 Steps

Schedule Regular Backups. Just like updating, backups should be done regularly too. In case your blog gets infected or hacked, you’ll still have all your personal data and content.  Then, it’s just a matter of moments before you restore everything from a backup version.

Rename Your Login URL. Customize your blog login URL from standard /wp-admin/ to something funkier. In that case, sneaky malware won’t be able to find it so easy and start picking up the passwords.

Choose a Great Login and Password. Don’t use “admin” as your login. It’s too generic and simple to guess. Same goes for passwords. Create strong and memorable ones, and write those down, of course!

Scan Your Website Regularly For Potential Threats. Install a comprehensive security plugin that would scan your blog regularly and notify you whenever something odd is happening. The great ones are:

Spring Clean Your Blog Regularly. Delete outdated themes and plugins you haven’t been using and check if your current ones are up-to-date. Go to that “spammy comments” section and get rid of those nasty things, fix broken URLs and outdated links to other websites.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication. This is another simple way to prevent anyone or anything from breaking into your blog. The two-factor authentication assumes that you need to type your blog password along with an additional one-time password sent to your phone via SMS or to an app. Alternatively, you can add a security question or make up another secret code. Google Authenticator is the go-to choice for this.

Are you a chloédigital publisher? Take action with this post by asking your support specialist about your blog security.

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