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IS YOUR WEBSITE PROTECTED?
Customers are often asking about website security for their WordPress websites. If you’ve never thought about your website security or didn’t know you needed to, here are a few things you might want to know.
BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO GOOD WEBSITES
Hackers are out there and every website platform has it’s own security issues. You can be sure that experienced hackers know about them and how to leverage those vulnerabilities. Typically, hacking is accomplished through automated scripts. Someone has created a vile code and has set it to keep trying until it hits pay-dirt.
However, if you are aware of what your site’s vulnerabilities are, you can be proactive in your approach to protecting your website.
If you are someone who locks their doors to ward off would-be intruders, you’ll probably want to lock your website for the same reason.
WHY YOU NEED PROTECTION
If you choose not to protect and monitor your website it is possible that something as simple as an outdated plugin, or script gone wrong could compromise your site. What does this mean to you? Your site could crash, leaving potential customers out in the cold. How much would it cost you if your store goes down for an hour, a day, a week? How long would it take you to know that your site had been compromised and potential customers couldn’t find the information they were looking for?
6 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING REGULARLY TO PROTECT YOUR SITE:
- Keep your software up to date (outdated software opens vulnerabilities for attackers)
- Update your plugins (see #1 above)
- Always use strong passwords (even when it’s a hassle)
- Limit or do not allow users to upload files to your website
- Protect the root of your site with an SSL certificate (it gives your menu bar that httpS:// at the front). If not for your entire site, at the very least for your store pages where confidential information is being entered by customers during their purchase)
- Install a security system and upgrade it to the premium version. The standard version typically won’t be updated to catch the “newest” attack virus until it’s already wormed its way into your system and started to do damage.