WordPress is one of the most popular online blogging tools. Millions of websites worldwide use it as a publishing tool since it’s an open source tool which allows easy modification of the source code to one’s needs. But its very strength is its greatest source of weakness since its open source nature allows it to be hacked relatively easily by malicious hackers.

But there is no cause for alarm since there are effective remedies available online in the form of plugins or add-on software which can protect the content of web-sites from being misused. There is also the option to harden WordPress through the application of some simple scripts & commands. Few of the options available have been listed below.

Plugins that block attempts to copy content:

Tools like WP-Copyright Protection & Tynt Insight frustrate attempts to copy text & images. At best only the URL can be copied, not the content.

Plugins for Copy Right Protection:

Tools like iCopyright & Copyright Proof help in different ways like tracking online copyright violations & issuing digital certificates to certify the ownership of content that might help in resolving legal disputes.

Plugins that detect plagiarism:

Tools like DupeOff checks plagiarism & notifies sites about copied data being used by other web-sites. It checks the entire series of words & specific phrases with reference to a particular page. It saves a lot of time since users are spared the pain & the time consumed by online plagiarism detection websites.

Plugins that prevent password cracking:

Many hackers try brute force algorithms to crack user names & passwords of protected sites. It can be preempted by tracking the IP Addresses of the PC’s from where the failed attempts are originating. If a predetermined number of failed login attempts are exceeded then tool bars the offending IP Addresses from accessing the site. This can be achieved with tools like User Locker, Login LockDown & Limit Login Attempts.

Some other interesting security plugins that might be of help:

There are a host of other applications that can complement each other in promoting data security. Secure WordPress hides potentially useful information that hackers can exploit like WordPress version, error messages etc. Login Encryption, as the self-explanatory name suggests utilizes a complex alliance of RSA and DES to encrypt and fortify the login process. One Time Password generates a dynamic password for each & every login attempt which only people with a legitimate token can access. The plugin "Antivirus" increases security against potential threats like botnets, malwares & viruses. Plugins like Bad Behavior, User Spam Remover, and Block Bad Queries & Exploit Scanner prevents spamming & generates alerts if the site comes under attack.

Some other basic precautions:

A few simple steps like setting appropriate file permissions, encryption of data suing SSL, protecting the integrity of the vital "wp-config.php: file, using an SFTP connection for file transmission & setting hard to crack passwords can go a long way to ensure data integrity. It’s a good idea to constantly update WordPress contents, not to mention the critical importance of regular data backups to tackle the worst case scenario of information loss due to hacking. Changing the login name from the default "admin" can result in a harder time for hackers since it effectively translates to an additional password.

WordPress is a pretty secure tool if the right precautions are taken to minimize its misuse. IT Security experts strongly recommend the plugins listed in the article to protect copyrighted online material. It’s better that most of these tools, if not all of them are used together to combat content piracy.

About the author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of blogging. Recently an article on born rich attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on cellphone beat.