Website Security. If you haven’t thought of this, you need to. For most websites, it isn’t a matter of IF you get hacked, but WHEN you get hacked. Most websites will degrade and eventually be susceptible to hacking. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep your website secure and spam-free.
1. SECURE PASSWORD.
Change your password on the regular. Make sure your password is unique to this site only, and not used anywhere else. Avoid the usual pet names, year you were born, or first born child’s name. Lastly, use a diverse combination of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters.
To help you save and remember passwords, I highly suggest using software like 1Password or LastPass. These are password vaults that will save all your passwords and serve them up on a silver platter just when you need them.
2. SECURITY PLUGIN.
A good security plugin will monitor your traffic and block traffic that has the common telltale signs of hackers. Our favorites for WordPress are iThemes Security and WordFence. Make sure your settings are tight and monitor the logs regularly.
3. KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP TO DATE.
When your WordPress website is out of date, you are missing out on security patches that come out on the regular. Without these patches, your website is likely to have holes. Make sure you have your software updated at least once a year.
An SSL is a layer of encryption on your site, that changes your website from http to https. Not only will this help your google ranking, it will help secure your website as well.
5. BACKUP, BACKUP and BACKUP.
Make sure your host has regularly scheduled backups. If you are managing your own backups, save them somewhere safe and forget about them. Make sure you have a 3-6 months at a time.
If you are unsure about your website’s security, let us take a look for you. We can review you security and suggest the necessary upgrades to keep your website on the up and up.