Security. The Web never seems to have enough of it! Each week we hear another story about a successful attack that has compromised either a series of businesses or institutions. It’s easy to feel as though this doesn’t affect you. Especially if you’ve installed all the necessary security patches, updates to your computer and WordPress installation. However, most preliminary scans and hacking attempts are actually automated and fairly indiscriminate. Even if your site doesn’t include valuable data, typically attackers will hijack your server and use it to attack other websites.
No matter what industry you are in or what software you run there is always a possibility of the worst happening. What can you do to ensure every base has been covered? Without further ado, here are our 6 vital steps detailing how to secure your WordPress blog from hackers and avoid your website becoming a statistic and make it as difficult as possible for a would-be hacker:
1) Secure Your Logins
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5) Make Sure Your Workstation is Secure
Separate from your website itself, the computer or device you use to connect to your website should also be secure. Bear in mind that the device you use could also become the weakest link.
Even if an attacker has been unable to gain entry to your website, if they can gain entry to your computer and you use to access it via (1) remembered passwords (2) programs such as FileZilla or CuteFTP which hold FTP login details, then it may be possible to use this to gain entry.
Another type of attack involves using malware on your computer as a ‘keylogger’ which records what key presses you make when logging into a website, so an attacker, separately fro this once they’ve seen what you type may then enter the website.
To avoid these scenarios you should:
This list will depend a lot more on how your business uses networks and information and how this relates to the website itself. But bear in mind that your website will only be a secure as the weakest link to it. This includes the person editing the website and what sort of computer they use. If you have staff who log in remotely from home or while on the move, this presents a separate set of challenges which you may be able to secure with appropriately setup Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
As ever, remember to keep your website fully backed up at all times. You want a quick, safe and easy method to restore your website back if anything should happen. Many hacks involve updating your website’s content (e.g. inserting unsavoury adverts and links) sometimes it isn’t easy or possible to identify which pages have changed. In some cases, every page and post in your site may have been updated and there would be now easy way of being certain. Cleaning this by hand is incredibly time-consuming and not guaranteed to get everything, while restoring fresh from a backup gives you a quick and guaranteed way to undo the damage.
If you would like the Simplepage professional team help you achieve optimum security or secure your WordPress blog, why not get in touch today? You will be glad you did!