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Calling all bloggers! In this article, we’re focused on WordPress security. The last thing we want is for your WordPress account to be hacked. So please read on and try these WordPress security tips. It’s time to batten down the hatches.

5 WordPress Security Tips from Clyde

For newbies, let me introduce WordPress to you. WordPress is a “free and open source blogging tool and content management system.” Basically, it’s the software you use to set up your blog.

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Because WordPress is so widely used, there are some bad people out there looking for ways to gain access to your account. Having your account hacked is terrible for any blogger. You risk losing years of priceless writing, photos and other data.

Here are some important WordPress security tips to keep yourself safe. As always, before making changes be sure to back up your Blog data.

1. Don’t log in with your ADMIN account. When you set up a WordPress blog, the default account is Admin. By using the default account, you make it that much easier for hackers to guess your Login details. To set up a new account, follow these instructions.

2. Update Regularly. Make sure you are running the most current version of WordPress. Also, update any plugins, too. These updates may be closing security loopholes. One other tip: don’t display publicly what version of WordPress you are running. No sense in making it easier for the bad guys.

3. Use Safe Plugins. There are a zillion plugins available for WordPress. That’s a good thing, and a bad thing. Don’t install plugins, willy-nilly. Look for reputable plugins recommended by industry experts. The best available usually cost a little bit of money – but you get what you pay for.

4. Monitor WordPress with Plugins. Surprise, surprise! There are special plugins that help keep you more secure. Check out this post on these 10 Essential WordPress Security Plugins for more details.

5. Choose a Strong Password. It may seem silly but be sure to choose a secure password. You can even set up 2 step identification via a WordPress plugin to add extra security.

‘Hope these WordPress security tips help you out. Who knows, they may save your bacon! Have you had a close call with WordPress? What are you doing to protect yourself?