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WordPress Security – How Secure is your Website?

WordPress Security - How Secure is your Website?

Learning more about WordPress Security is the first step to foiling the plans of hackers

WordPress security should be a top priority for you in 2016. If you have a WordPress based website then keep reading to understand why.

We live in a connected age. An age where the Internet and the millions of websites that form its ecosystem are actively entwined with our daily lives. Unfortunately, this ecosystem also has its predators. These predators come in the form of hackers who target websites large and small for fun, for financial gain, and for competitive advantages.

WordPress, being the most popular content management system available today and powering around 25% of the world’s websites, is naturally going to be the target of hackers. The first thing you need to be aware of is that hackers do pose a serious risk to your website and it makes little difference whether you are an individual, small business or large corporate.

 

The fact is, hacking attempts are so common that we receive hundreds of notifications a day informing us that attacks have been blocked. These notifications are on website’s that have active service plans. One hates to think how many attempts are being made on sites without upgraded security.

 

Why do hackers target websites?

First things first… hackers have loads of reasons to target your website. Here are a few of the main reasons:

  • Install malware, spyware, and other viruses in order to infect your visitor’s computers
  • Take over your website and or server to use as part of larger hacking attempts
  • Make changes to your site such as adding links to it that redirect your visitors to sites aimed at getting their personal information or credit card details
  • Take over your website and demand a ransom using ransomware
  • Paid by a competitor to damage your website

 

What are the consequences of having your website hacked?

No WordPress security active on your website means you are extra vulnerable to hackers. While WordPress security plugins and systems are not a guarantee that you will not get hacked, they do reduce your risk and increase your chances of detecting infections before major damage is done.

Here are just a few of the consequences of having poor WordPress security leading to a hacked website:

  • If you generate regular leads from your website you will lose out on sales
  • Malware on your website could get you blacklisted on search engines like Google, which means your website will no longer get found in search listings
  • Visitors whose computers get infected from your website could institute legal action against you if it is found that you did not have any WordPress security precautions in place.
  • If your website is badly damaged or your database corrupted – and you have no clean backups – then chances are you will need to rebuild your website from scratch, which is going to cost you.

 

So what can you do to improve your website security?

If you already have WordPress security enabled as part of a website service plan then you already have a measure of protection in place. If you feel this is not enough, you can always upgrade to a higher-spec service plan. If you do not have a service plan, then now is the time to get one. A good service plan will take care of the following:

  • Regular backups to make restoring your website easy and fast
  • Reduce code vulnerabilities by keeping your WordPress core files, theme files, and plugin files up to date
  • Monitor access to your website and block certain types of attacks instantly using a firewall
  • Scan your website regularly to detect possible infections so they can be removed.

For full details on Nova Marketing Intelligence’s WordPress security options take a look at our Nova Website Service Plans.

 

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    • Paul
    • 1 March, 2016

    It is amazing what people get up to to destroy or infiltrate others livelihoods. The cost of a low ethics online society is measured by the amount of security one has to have just to protect what is there own.

      • Gordon Wridgway
      • 1 March, 2016

      Yes, I totally agree with you, Paul. It really is a sad thing that people will use destructive means to steal an income when the Internet actually allows people to make money from legitimate value adding means. All one needs is a good product, a halfway decent website, and some regular thoughtful digital marketing.

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