Security is one of the most important things to take extremely serious on your website. Why you ask?
If your website is not properly secure or you don’t maintain it, you will leave your website open to hackers accessing sensitive information. It is important to be proactive and have a strategy otherwise your files can be polluted with malware that can be spread to other websites and networks. Also, if your business collects customer information, it can be stolen and used for illegal purposes.
There are several different types of malware that have various purposes such as spyware, adware, ransomware and trojan horses and unfortunately that is not all, that is just to name a few.
So although keeping up with maintenance and keeping your website is a repetitive task, it’s much, much easier to remember to keep up with maintenance than it is to take care of a website that’s been hacked.
Just two years ago Google announced that more than 50 million websites worldwide are infected with malware and malicious code and just last year there was a 212% increase in that number so now hopefully you see why your website security is extremely important!
Here are 5 different tips to secure your website.
1. Add an SSL Certificate
By adding an SSL Certificate helps to secure an Internet connection and protect data that’s transferred between a browser and a web server, you will secure your website. You can tell if a website is secure by looking at the search bar and if it shows the lock and https instead of http then that website is secure. See below for example:
2. Always update plugins & WordPress versions
When you see updates for plugins and WordPress in your Admin Dashboard, always be sure to update them. They couldn’t make it any easier to be able to make the updates and it takes very little time and the benefit that you get from keeping everything updated is HUGE! If you allows updates to build up, this gives hackers yet another way to access your website.
And another plugin tip, if you have any that you have installed and not activated, meaning you’re not using them, but just haven’t deleted them yet, get rid of them. Just go ahead and delete them now! Go ahead, I’ll be here when you get back! 🙂
If you need a reminder or just know you cannot take on another task, here are some ways to help.
SET A CALENDAR REMINDER
Your maintenance can be done once per month and with everything else you need to take care of for your business, this is definitely easy to forget so the easiest way to remember is to set a calendar reminder at the same time each month so it doesn’t slip through the cracks. Trust me, it’s needed and worth it!
WEBSITE CARE PLAN
Another option would be to have a website developer complete the monthly maintenance for you so you don’t even have to worry about yet another task each month. If you are interested in this service, click here for more details.
3. Install WPS Hide Login Plugin & use strong passwords
As you know, when logging into your Admin Dashboard everyone uses WP Admin added onto your URL and everyone knows that which means it opens up your website to hackers. By installing the WPS Hide Login plugin, it allows you to login with a different URL making it much more difficult for hackers to access.
Along with installing the above plugin, if you use a strong password that’s even better. I was once given a tip to create really and it works!
Use a phrase that you will not forget. As an example my phrase is: My dream vacation is to go travel around Europe.
Then you use the first letter of each word also add in symbols and numbers where appropriate.
Here is my password: Mdvi2gtaE!
Simple, easy to remember and super effective!
4. Install security plugin
So since this blog post is all about security, of course, this suggestion is to install a security plugin and my go to is Wordfence Security Plugin. It contains a subset of the features found in the full Wordfence plugin: Two-factor Authentication, XML-RPC Protection and Login Page CAPTCHA. It is ideal for sites that need login security functionality but either can’t or don’t want to run the full Wordfence plugin. The free version works perfectly.
5. Back up your website
Backing up your website is important and easy when you use The plugin I use is UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore. This way if anything ever happens, you can always go to the backup files and restore the last version of your website. Very helpful in case you ever have any problems.
So these are my five top tips for keeping your website secure, and they’re all things that you can install and get up and running within a very short amount of time. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll definitely get back to you, because I really want to help you make sure your website is secure.