This is a guest post by Robert Regehr.
Are you a full-time blogger earning a living from your Wordpress blogs or an aspiring Problogger with your first taste of the freedom that comes from blogging? There’s a ton of really good advice out there on getting up and running from bloggers like Darren Rowse and Yaro Stark. However, there’s shockingly little on protecting your blogging nest egg. If you rely on income from blogging to support your family you need to secure your Wordpress installations immediately. Here are five actionable steps you can take today to ensure hackers won’t disrupt the income stream you’ve worked so hard to build from blogging.
What’s All The Fuss About? I’ve Never Been Hacked
The default Wordpress install is about as secure as a wet paper bag, especially if you make a habit of blogging from your favorite coffee shop. You’ve put a lot of hard work into enjoying the rewards that come from blogging. The last thing you want is some script kiddie or hacker taking over your site; it’d be like someone breaking into your home and robbing you blind.
I’m sure you’re very careful when shopping or banking on the Internet; would you ever consider logging into online banking or shopping without looking for the â€œhttpsâ€ in the URL? If you’re like me and blog with a white chocolate mocha on free Wi-Fi, you’re pretty much shouting your username and passwords to anyone within earshot. Public access points in coffee shops and cafes are far from secure and you never know who’s sitting across from you with a packet sniffer watching your every move.
Fortunately there are steps you can take to secure Wordpress and protect yourself. I’m not just talking about using stronger passwords but actual bank level security for your site. If you’re serious about earning a living from your blogs you simply cannot ignore security when it comes to protecting your online assets.