Is Your Blog Secure? And ROW80

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting of the Dayton WordPress Users Group, where we talked about security.

This was something I’d thought about a while back, when I read this blog by Marcy Kennedy. I knew a few other writers whose blogs had been hacked. I’d never had any problems myself, but that’s one of those things where it’s far better to be preemptive. So a while back, I installed one of the security plug ins Marcy mentioned. I learned a few things at our local user group meeting too, and I was able to contribute, because the guy presenting hadn’t heard of the plug-in I used.

Bottom line with your website/blog’s security, get it before you need it!

ROW80Logo175I did well with my ROW80 goals this week, too – I accomplished the main thing I set out to, which was complete the edits for my upcoming science fiction romance novel. I then went one better and got some formatting done too!

  • Finish edits for Hangar 18: Legacy – Done!
  • Fitness activity 5x – Done!
  • One chapter’s exercises in Get it Together, an estate planning guide. I wanted to do this last ROW, but wound up putting it off when I decided to do NaNoWriMo. This is stuff that isn’t very fun to do (or even think about), but that really needs to be done. – uh, no.
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum.  – Done!

For this week, I’d like to:

  • Format Hangar 18: Legacy for print, proofread, and upload to printer
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum

What are you planning to do this week? If you have a website or blog, have you thought about securing it? I’d love to hear from you – please share!

12 Responses to \

  1. I’ve been lucky so far as well and not had any problems with hackers. But it does scare me. I remember reading Marcy’s post but will have to re-read it, I don’t remember if there were options for the free WordPress blogs or not (I haven’t reached the stage of this journey to justify hosting).

    Hey, 3 out of 4 goals knocked out isn’t a bad week at all! And I hear you on the estate planning not being fun. I don’t think That Man and I would have got around to it as soon as we did if I hadn’t had a friend who worked as a paralegal for an estate attorney, LOL.

    Best of luck for the upcoming week!

  2. Thanks for the information on security. I’ll be following that up. Keep going with meeting your goals too. It sounds like you’re on top of everything.

  3. Thanks, Raelyn! You dont have as much to worry about with a blog, because they handle the security. That’s also why they don’t allow you to install any but a select few plug-ins, and why they don’t allow you to post HTML that contains script.

    Thanks, Debbie! I couldn’t believe how many hacking attempts my blog gets every day, that I never saw before I installed Better WP Security. Good luck with yours!

  4. Oh yay, I’m looking forward to your upcoming scifi romance! I’ll go read Marcy’s post to find out about the plug ins. One of my blogger friends had her Blogspot blog hacked and it takes her hours sometimes to get back into it. She’s now in the process of having a relative build a WordPress blog for her. Have a good week, Jennette!

  5. I’d love to find a WordPress Users Group. Thanks for the great information. I’m choosy about the Plug-ins I install, and I’m always on the hunt for the best. Have a really great week!

  6. Thanks, Lynn! I’ll be announcing it soon. 🙂 Good luck to your friend with her blog! I had a Blogger blog several years ago, but I like WP a lot better.

    Louise, good luck with it!

  7. Woo, great stuff this week, Jennette! I did use the tips that Marcy provided to secure my site after Nigel’s site was hacked. I figure we can never be too careful.

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. Great week! That estate planning stuff is a pain, but so necessary. I shudder to think how many parents don’t have wills. We just updated ours a couple of months ago. Hope you can get all of your goals knocked out this week!

  9. Hi Jen, thanks for the reminder about hackers. I use complex passwords which have numbers and characters added as well and they are changed from time to time. Thank God I’ve never had a problem with my blog, but my Twitter account got a little scary there at one time.

    You’re doing really well on your goals! Keep up the momentum. I am slowly easing into January. The last part of 2012 was extremely stressful and I needed a longer break… and we’re in a summer heatwave here in Australia so I have little energy. This week I’ve been getting back to work though and enjoying it.

    Thanks for sharing your progress. I’ll look forward to the next update.

  10. Thanks, Lena! I didn’t know Nigel’s site was hacked – it can happen to anyone!

    Thanks, Julie! Our wills are fairly up-to-date, but we’ll need to adjust them this summer – when our daughter turns 18! O_o

    Cate, thanks! I could have used a longer break around the holidays too, but it’s just as well I didn’t get one. Good luck with your goals!