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    I have dealt with a couple different situations where a users WordPress site has been hacked. I understand there are a number of factors that can play into this, but I am curious about what you do during your installation process to keep your WordPress install secure.

    I subscribe to the Digging into WordPress way, where you install an a separate directory other than the root. What about you?

    I can not say for sure that these sites were hacked because of something that I did, but I would like to make sure that I am doing what I can to protect each site I setup.


    @JoshWhite Put WordPress in its own folder, rather than the root.


    I use Vaultpress. Sure, it’s $15 a month, but for secure and reliable backups of absolutely everything it’s a small price to pay.


    Another plus 1 for “website defender”. Also I lock down my admin root with a .htaccess that only allows me to log in from certain IP addresses. Also running a “stop” bad queries script in my plugins folder.


    Thank you for the feedback everyone, there are a lot of good options here!

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