But these events allow us to remind everyone of the 5 best practices to hack-proof your WordPress blogs:
- Sign up with the best host you can afford. Mark Jaquith recently commented that you should be willing to pay an equivalent of a shrimp dinner (per month) for quality WordPress hosting.
- Keep your WordPress install (and plugins) up-to-date. Updating is easy as ever, as it usually takes just few clicks (after getting a successful backup). Can’t do it yourself? Let us know.
- Back it up. There are methods to keep your site backed up. Pick one and you’ll sleep better at night should something ever go wrong.
- Check those permissions. Make sure your WordPress files and folders have the proper permissions. While some hosts have these correct, it never hurts to be sure.
- Lock it down. Remove unused plugins and themes that may have holes in them. Consider adding plugins, such as BBQ, to help thwart hackers.
Stay vigilant out there – we’re all in this together.