Website Security; Have You Been Hacked?
If like many others, you are of the opinion that your website is unlikely to be hacked or affected by cybercrime, You Should seriously think again.
Website Security should be at the heart of everyone who has any form of online presence.
As of March 2016, Google reports that over 50 million website users have been greeted with some form of warning that websites visited were either trying to steal information or install malicious software.
There are currently over 1 Billion websites on the web with WordPress leading the Content Management System (CMS) market with over 60% market share.
Now if you are using WordPress, there is a little comforting snippet for you. The WordPress Core Program has to date NEVER been Hacked.
This fact alone, however, does not mean that all WordPress sites are safe from being hacked.
If you are not using a website security plugin on your website/blog you are at serious risk of losing everything you have written and worked hard to produce, especially if it is your business site.
We all make the effort to secure our computers from malware and intrusion by hackers so why not our websites.
It’s a sad fact that many website owners don’t give website security a second thought.
WordPress Security is vital!
There are many options to choose from both free and premium each with their own quirks. Of course, each proclaiming that they are the best at what they do.
If you are new to WordPress and are wondering what best to do in order to secure your site then I would suggest you have a look at a program called Web Guard Dog You’ll find out everything you need to know to help keep your online assets safe and secure.
If you are using plugins from the WordPress.org Repository make sure they are Up to Date before installing them to your site. Never ever install a plugin that has not been updated for more than 3 months and check the authors’ website before installing.
If you have plugins on your site which are not being regularly updated, once again check the authors’ website for information or better yet send them an email and ask directly if they intend to update their plugin for the foreseeable future.
If your website collects any form of visitor data such as email address, or if you take credit card payments on your site then you will, of course, require an SSL certificate for your site in order to encrypt and keep safe those transactions.
If you have just glossed over your website security, intending to come back to it at a later date, I would suggest NOE is a good time to pay attention to it.
If you have just started creating your website, pause for a moment and learn about what you can do to keep it safe.
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