Protecting your wordpress site

Keep it safe

In the world of websites, there is nothing worse than your site content getting hacked. This can happen in various ways, through sources like malware, SQL injections and brute-force attacks. Once a hacker has found a weakness and gained access to your site, there is often nothing left to do but clean up the mess. We believe the best defense is a good offense, so here are some important tips to help protect your WordPress site from potential hacks:

#1 UPDATE YOUR PLUGINS AND THEMES

Keeping WordPress, your site theme, and plugins updated will help reduce potential vulnerabilities in your site. If you aren’t using a plugin or theme, delete it from your site. You can always add a plugin back in if you need it at a later date.

#2 PAY ATTENTION TO QUALITY

Not all themes and plugins are created equal. Before you add a plugin or theme to your site, look into the developer’s background. Check how regularly updates are released, look at consumer ratings. If a plugin or theme is not regularly supported or updated it poses a higher security risk. A little research can go a long way towards protecting your site.

#3 ADD CAPTCHAS TO FORMS

CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. There are nuances to proper implementation, but adding CAPTCHA to your site can help protect you against vulnerabilities like SQL injection and brute force attacks on your login pages.

#4 CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD REGULARLY AND KEEP IT COMPLICATED

Your password needs to be secure. This does not mean password123 or even the name of your first pet. Use the password generator within WordPress to create a secure plugin and store it where it is easliy accessed.

#5 USE LESS COMMON LOGIN/USER NAME

The WordPress default login name is automatically set to admin, however you are better off getting more creative with your login name. Now is the time to change your login name to Mr. Scruffers.

#6 FIND A SECURITY SCANNER PLUGIN

There are many security plugins on the market, but some of the top recommended free WordPress security scanning plugins are:
WordFence Security
Sucuri Security
Defender by WPMU DEV
Adding one of these plugins to your site to scan and protect against known threats can help keep hackers at bay.

#7 USE A QUALITY HOSTING COMPANY

Your hosting service matters. When it comes to hosting, bigger isn’t always better. Make sure your company is reputable. Sometimes a less expensive option costs you more in the long run. Also, investigate important factors like server downtimes, security features and most importantly the quality of their customer support.

AND BECASUE WE BELIEVE IN ADDED VALUE…

#8 BACK IT UP

Being proactive in protecting your site against hackers is always important, but if a hack does get through your preventative measures, you’ll be happy you took the time to have a reliable backup plan. Running regularly scheduled site backup can save you from dealing with the ramifications of fully infected website. Rolling back a few weeks can save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run.

GET IN TOUCH

The incredible thing about the internet is that we can work anywhere! Woodchuck Arts is geo-located in Newark, Ohio, Caledonia, MI and Toledo, OH. We serve clients from Seattle, Washington, to Washington D.C.

Email Heather at heather@woodchuckarts.com or call 724-281-0559
Email Erin at erin@woodchuckarts.com or call 616-528-2747

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