With cybercrime and hacking being a persistent and growing threat, you need to ensure that your website is as protected as possible. While WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system, if not properly secured, it is also open to a range of attacks from internet bad actors. Follow theses tips to make sure that you are safe and secure online:
1. Install an SSL
An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate lets browsers know that your website is secure and can be trusted – it also protects financial transactions. An SSL is really a must, not only for inspiring confidence in customers, but because Google will mark your site as insecure and flag it up every time someone tries to access it; Your search ranking will also be affected.
2. Ensure your plugins and WordPress version are updated
Leaving plugins and WordPress un-updated will leave them open to attack from hackers. As plugins and WordPress itself continues to be developed, security patches are put in place to protect previous vulnerabilities that have been detected and exploited. Updating your plugins and WordPress version regularly will mean these security updates are applied to your website.
3. Protect your WordPress login, configuration and database
Hackers will look for vulnerabilities in your WordPress login (login screen not hidden/predictable passwords etc) and attempt to access your wp-config PHP file and database.If these elements of your site are not protected, you are leaving yourself open to be hacked and your website to be put out of action at best, and possibly have personal data stolen.
4. Get covered by Quiero!
The good news is we can arrange for all of the above to be covered: We can install an SSL for you, with an upgraded hosting package make all of your updates, and, with our extended security package, enable two-factor authentication for your login and add extra security layers to your configuration file and database.