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WordPress Security Made Easy with BBQ Block Bad Queries Plugin

This is Probably the Easiest WordPress Security Plugin there is

Ok, there seems to be thousands of security plugins to protect your WordPress Website. Some are feature rich that provide you with all the settings you would ever need to secure virtually every type of attack. That’s good because with just one plugin to use for your WordPress Website, you minimize the need for researching and setting up multiple plugins. The downfall is you might not need every single component of that security plugin and setting it up can often require you to read Documentation Pages that rival in size some 1,000 page Novels.

That’s where BBQ: Block Bad Queries comes into play. It’s an install it and forget it type of plugin. There is no settings page for it. Nothing for you to configure. Just install it and you are done. It can’t get any easier than that.

Here’s some information straight from their landing page on the WordPress Repository.

Block Bad Queries (BBQ) is a simple, super-fast plugin that protects your site against malicious URL requests. BBQ checks all incoming traffic and quietly blocks bad requests containing nasty stuff like eval(, base64_, and excessively long request-strings. This is a simple yet solid solution for sites that are unable to use a strong .htaccess firewall.

Who Should Use This Plugin?

This plugin is ideal to use if you’re on a very low powered web server and if you don’t want something that will cause major performance issues for your website. Even if you’re on a web server that has the power for more robust Web Application Firewalls, you might still benefit from using this plugin. Cyber Security has become a hot topic over the past few years. With websites getting hacked both large and small, people and businesses need to do what they can to secure their website.

Does This Plugin Work Well With other Security Plugins?

The short answer is yes. This plugin is built using WordPress Coding Standards and works well with other Security Plugins like Wordfence and ithemes Security. Also, the developer behind this plugin is well known in the industry for creating solutions that are coded with performance and security in mind.

Should This Be My Only Security Plugin?

For the vast majority of websites, this plugin should be part of a larger security profile. What does that mean? Securing your website requires you to secure many things that are all connected to your website. Some of the things I will mention you might not even think of.

  • Your Home/Office Router
  • Your various computers, tablets and smart phones
  • Your web hosting account
  • Your web server
  • Your email accounts
  • Your Social Media Accounts
  • The way you connect to your server and website. Encrypted methods are best. Think SFTP vs FTP
  • Get an SSL Certificate
  • Use Two Factor Authentication
  • Use a Password Manager and create Strong, Unique Passwords.
  • Make sure no one else has Admin Privileges on any of your accounts
  • Use The Right Security Plugins
  • Backup Your Website

Those are just a few things to consider. You might be wondering what those have to do with securing your website from Cyber Attacks. The answer is simple, hackers find more than one entry point to a website. It might not be direct. If you’re directly targeted, a hacker can target your home router, then map out your home or office network, infect the various connected devices and when you log into your WordPress Website, steal your credentials with a key logger. Now this might sound like it could never happen to you and hopefully it won’t, but you never know.

Also, people often reuse passwords on various accounts. So if one database or website gets hacked and user credentials stolen, it’s possible for the hackers to target your other accounts with the same credentials.

My Recommendation for Securing your WordPress Website

Follow the tips mentioned above and also install a few Security Plugins like Wordfence, ithemes Security and BBQ Block Bad Queries. You should also have a robust backup solution in place (I recommend using BackUpBuddy). Let’s face it, even the most secure websites and networks get hacked. By having a good backup of your website and a backup of your backup, in the event of a hack or even a web server malfunction, you will be able to restore from a known clean backup.

So watch the video above and install this easy to use WordPress Security Plugin. BBQ: Block Bad Queries

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