The most dominant blogging platform that is out right now is easily the WordPress blogging system.
It allows you to create a web site in minutes.
With this web site you will be able to post your thoughts, pictures, music, and other items for the world to see.
There has been so much work put into the WordPress system over the years that it is considered a mature piece of software.
But even though it is considered mature, that does not mean that all of the bugs have been ironed out.
That is why they are always releasing new versions of the software to the public.
They want to be able to fix the parts of the software that is not working as well as it should.
This is especially true for the security fixes that they release every now and then.
There are several security bugs that are baked into WordPress that you should be familiar with.
Most security bugs get fixed rather quickly but there are some that just linger around.
In this article, I will talk about what you can do to make sure that your WordPress blog is secure.
If you follow the rules that I lay down then there will be less chance of your blog being compromised somewhere down the road.
1. Find The Right Plugin To Use
The first thing that you want to do is to make sure that your WordPress installation is secure.
To do that you have to make sure that you have a few plugins that are dedicated to security installed in your installation.
There are some things that you will not be able to do or you will not think about when it comes to holes in WordPress.
These Plugins will allow you to stop worrying about such things.
Our first such plugin is the akismet plugin.
This plugin is automatically shipped with the WordPress software itself so you will not have any problems finding it.
This plugin allows you to stop spam from infiltrating your comments section on your blog.
It takes well known spam bots and blocks them from being able to do visual damage to your web site.
The second plugin that you should take a look at is called Secure WordPress.
It does several things that will keep your installation safe including hiding the version number of the software that you are using among other things.
And another plugin that would be helpful to your blog is the Limited Login Plugin.
This limits the amount of times that someone is able to try and sign in to the blog.
This makes sure that no-one can just sit and guess at your username and password over and over again.
2. Updating Your Plugins
If you are going to use plugins, including the security ones that I talked about earlier in this article, then you must make sure that you keep them updated.
The plugins are the one thing that people tend to overlook when it is time to update their WordPress blog.
You must remember, for plugins to work how they are supposed to, they are able to dig deep into the system.
This means that if a black hat hacker is able to compromise a plugin then they will be able to have access to your WordPress that can harm the installation.
So to keep that from happening to your blog, make sure that you update your plugins.
3. Keep Your WordPress Installation Updated
This should be able to go without saying but unfortunately it does need to be said.
Too many people are worried about parts of a theme or plugin breaking so they do not update the actual WordPress installation.
That is a really dangerous game to play.
Most of the time when a new version of WordPress comes out, there are a bunch of security releases that come out with it as well.
If you have a version of WordPress that does not have these holes fixed then the bad guys are going to have a field day on your blog.
Someone who knows what they are doing can find holes that match the version of the blog that you are running and they are able to hack into it.
They can find out easily what bugs and holes are in each version release of the software.
4. Do Not Log In From An Unsecured Location
With the internet being everywhere these days people will log into trusted web sites from anywhere.
This is a very dangerous thing to do.
Make sure that you are on a secure network before you log into WordPress.
The normal WordPress installation does not have a HTTPS setting so it is up to you to make sure that you are logging on in the right place.
5. Make Your Passwords Hard To Guess
There are too many people that do not understand how important it is to have a password that takes time for a person to guess.
Most of the time when someone is trying to guess your password they are using software to do it.
This is why simple passwords get broken into more easily.
A piece of software can guess them within seconds.
Do not make it easy for them.
Your WordPress installation will serve you well if you follow a couple of simple security rules.