Digital Marketing This Week:
August 23, 2014

This week’s focus topic for Digital Marketing This Week is all about WordPress Security. So if you’ve either had a site hacked or even just heard about it, here are some broad strokes and tactical things that you can implement.

There are 5 simple things you can do to keep your WordPress Site Safe and it’s summarized in our show notes below.
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But be sure to check out our full webinar for a more in-depth discussion and to find out what that one very common thing WordPress users do that makes their site more vulnerable to hackers.

This Week's Episode:

#1 Properly Update

  • Security updates are very, very important.
  • There is a setting on your WP Config file that allows you to enable automatic security updates, turn it on (though it's probably already on).
  • Be sure to back-up.
  • Know when and when you shouldn’t update—for major updates, it’s best to wait for a tested version. A month should be OK—just to make sure that there are no major conflicts or issues.

#2 Audit Your Logins

  • Dump the “admin” username.
  • Strengthen your passwords by using a mix of caps, lowercase, symbols and number. Make them at least 15 characters long.
  • Use a password manager to keep track of your passwords. We recommend LastPass.

#3 Hide The Obvious

  • Adjust your WP login message.
  • Use lower level users for posts.
  • Hide standard folders
  • These can all be adjusted using a plugin

#4 Start At Home

  • Security starts at the access point—this means your home computer.
  • Be sure your anti-virus and malware scanners are working. Install Webroot, McAfee and Norton.

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#5 Use A Plugin

There are numerous security plugins that you can use to boost your security—by far the simplest thing you can do keep your WordPress sites safe. We recommend—

  • Bulletproof Security
  • All In One WP Security
  • iThemes Security (the one we are currently using)

To find out what that one thing that almost everybody does that makes your site easier to hack, be sure to check out the entire webinar! We also featured a live demonstration on how you can access the different WordPress security features, clean up your WordPress site for optimum security and install a security plugin.

– Mercer

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About The Author


Chris Mercer, who typically goes by "Mercer", has a sales and marketing background that stretches over 20 years. He began his online marketing career in 2009 and has become a sought after analytics & conversions expert, helping other top-marketers to improve their own offers and sales funnels. Now decades of real-world experience are brought to you post-by-post as he delivers Seriously Simple Marketing tips that you can use to build your own business!