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Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Joanna Connell

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WordPress

Is the world’s largest blog hosting web service that lets anyone quickly and easily set up a blog and publish content online.  It hosts over 60 million blogs, both free and paid, that receive over 100 million page views per day.  On WordPress.com, users can create a free blog, choose their template and start posting new content in minutes.

Registering an account

To get started on WordPress you need to sign up for an account by entering your email address, choose a username and pick a strong password.  Wordpress requires you to choose a password that’s at least six characters long; however, it gives you the option to automatically generate a very strong password consisting of a random combination of letters, numbers and other symbols.  If you choose this option is it important that you save your password somewhere safe, preferably using one of the many free password manager applications available online.

Security features on WordPress

WordPress host users’ websites on servers spread across multiple data centres to ensure maximum uptime and speed.  Personal and payment details is shared over a secure SSL connection which encrypts the information the user inputs.  You can also activate two-step authentication on your WordPress account to add an extra layer of security to your data.

Managing your security settings

To edit your password on WordPress, log in to your account and click on Personal Settings from your dashboard.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to the ‘New Password’ section and type your new password into both boxes.  Finally click on the ‘Update Profile’ button to save your changes.

To enable two-step authentication, click on your profile image and then ‘Settings’ from the dropdown menu that appears.  Click the ‘Security’ link on the right-hand menu.  You’ll be asked to select your country and to enter your mobile phone number.  Click on ‘Next Step’ to choose your phone type and follow the instructions to download the Google Authenticator app, which will verify access to your phone and link it to your WordPress account.  If you’re unable to set up two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app, you can also set it up via text messages.  To do so, go to your Settings page, but then click ‘Use Two Step Authentication via SMS’.

Personal data collection

WordPress collects personal data from its users to help it personalise and improve its service. The company never shares the data it collects with other companies for commercial reasons, and it will always ask the user for his or her consent to receive promotional material from other brands that may be of interest.  The users have to ability to unsubscribe at any time from any newsletter or offer they join.

Deleting your WordPress blog

Unfortunately, you cannot permanently delete your WordPress account.  However, you can easily delete your blogs and remove all the content that you have published online.  If you leave your WordPress account inactive for too long it will be automatically be removed during the systems periodic account purging.

To delete your WordPress blog, click on ‘My Blogs’ from the left menu on your WordPress Dashboard page.  Click on the name of the blog you want to delete and then click on ‘Tools’ on the left menu and choose ‘Delete Site’.  From the dropdown menu, select “Permanently delete the blog and all content” and confirm that you want to remove the blog.

Security record

WordPress is the most popular platform for managing and publishing content online.  There have been several reports of users claiming that their accounts were hacked, however, there were no incidents of system-wide security breaches.  It is suggested that users pick strong passwords when they create a WordPress account and that they change it regularly.

Connecting third parties to WordPress

You can connect a wide variety of third party services and apps to add functionality on your WordPress account and blog.  The information shared on these services is governed by their own privacy policies and users are recommended to review these policies and check their privacy settings to make sure they are aware of the data that is being shared.

Tracking your shared information

Although you can control the privacy settings of the content you publish online, WordPress doesn’t let its users track down how their personal information is being used by the service.


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