4 Steps To Secure Your Website & Your Business From Hackers

Written by James Vannelli / Updated on June 21, 2016 / 0 comments

For most people, website security is not at the forefront. At least, not until it is too late and their site has already been hacked. Often times, resulting in severe damage to both the site and their business.

It’s always more interesting to focus on things that boost sales, but we have to remember to also protect our foundation and not just planning for improvement.

The fact is that WordPress powers more than 20% of the world’s websites, making it a huge target for hackers. In fact, more than 70% of WordPress websites are currently vulnerable to hacker attacks. There are new vulnerabilities discovered almost every day!

I don’t want you to have to go through the pain of a devastating cyber-attack. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. So let’s cover some essential precautions that you take now to reduce your security risk.

Use secure logins

Hackers try to crack your login screen. I just checked one of our smaller sites and it had 32 failed login attempts for the “admin” account. Those stats are from the past 2 weeks alone! So with that said, don’t use the default “admin” as a username and use a strong password! We like the Force Strong Passwords plugin for WordPress which will force all privileged users to choose a password that is rated as “strong” in WordPress. (if you’re worried about forgetting it then get a password manager).

Keep software updated

Outdated versions of WordPress and plugins are common vulnerabilities that hackers exploit. Make sure you are updating on a weekly basis, at least. We use ManageWP to keep our sites updated.

Install a security plugin & use malware scanning services

We use WordFence security which will harden your site’s defenses with a firewall. It will also monitor your site with security scanning. Plus, it provides you with a handful of other useful security monitoring features. Like the ability to see who has tried to login to your site. We also use Sucuri to run additional scans on our sites on a weekly basis.

Setup daily off-site website backups

This will protect you from both hackers and errors that could damage the site when making updates. We use ManageWP to automate daily backups stored on Amazon servers with an unlimited history.

BONUS:

Use the Akismet plugin for to protect your site from comment spam!

We help businesses with no in-house web team obtain more conversions, leads and sales through their website by providing ongoing consulting and website management services. Book a free initial consult with me to learn more.

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