You can never be too prepared when it comes to internet security, so I have posted a continuation of my previous post, 10 Simple Steps to Secure & Protect your WordPress Blog, with an additional 5 tips to make it 10 times more difficult for your WordPress site to be compromised by hackers.
Here are 5 additional tips and practices to ensure that your investment of time, energy and money in your blog never goes to waste.
1. WordPress File Monitor Plugin
This plugin monitors your WordPress installation and sends an e-mail alert to a specified address whenever a file is changed, added or deleted. Usually when a site or blog is hacked or compromised in some way, there is always a file that is altered in your directories. Under normal circumstances we would not know about such low-key changes taking places, so the plugin keeps a constant look-out and reports any changes.
The plugin also shows alerts in the WordPress dashboard, just in case you missed the e-mail alert.
This plugin can be downloaded here: WordPress File Monitor
2. Move Your Wp-config.php File
You can further secure your WordPress blog by moving your wp-config.php file (which is found in your root directory) to a directory level that is higher than your www (root) folder. This move will prevent your blog from being hacked through your wp-config.php file.
3. WordPress Anti-Virus Protection Plugin
Hopefully, most of us have anti-virus software for our personal computers, so why not have it for your wordpress blog? This plugin is an extremely effective solution for detecting and protecting your blog against exploitations and spam injections and offers the ability to conduct daily automatic scanning and manual testing while providing e-mail notifications.
This awesome anti-virus plugin can be downloaded here: WordPress AntiVirus
4. WordPress Firewall Plugin
This one is pretty neat and recommended for more advanced users. This plugin has a vast amount features that complement your web host server by logging, detecting and intercepting suspicious parameters and requests. It is also useful for mitigating dreadful zero-day attacks (See definition for Zero-day Attacks Here) and setting different security protection levels.
The plugin can be downloaded here: WordPress Firewall Plugin
5. Encrypted Login Password Plugin
The plugin can be downloaded here: Semisecure Login Reimagined
Use the plugins and tips above to seriously secure and lock-up your wordpress blog to the Max! Remember, its your investment, so do what it takes to protect it.
Please share with us other tips or plugins not listed above that you may have found useful. Also, please share any experiences or difficulties you may have had in the past and what you did to overcome.