An Update A Day Keeps The Hackers At Bay

“Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world.”

IBM’s chairman, president and CEO

Intro

Hello, today I want to share a short list of to-do’s that you should strongly consider if you own and manage your own WordPress website.

Now, we all know that these pesky hackers that takes all your data for ransom, use your site to spam other etc. are not going away anytime soon, and they are smart, I mean most of them hacked the Pentagon at the age of 7, we should all secure our Websites as best we can. I am not sharing any of this information and statistics to scare you, but to make you aware of the dangers out there.

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3 Vital Steps – To Be A Better Website Owner

A study was made that stated that there is an attack every 39 seconds on average on the web and the non-secure usernames and passwords that are being used give attackers more chance of success.

Source: Security Magazine

Step 1: Login to your website

Go to your website’s back-end, the link will look soimilar to this – www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. Alternatively, see how it is done in person in the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6rWYUQE4X4

On average 30,000 new websites are hacked every day.

Source: Forbes

Step 2: Updates & Upgrades

Update all your Plugins, Themes and WordPress Releases, if there are any, make sure to check in weekly! It is a great security risk to leave this for weeks or months at a time. This is a step that HAS to be scheduled and done on a weekly basis!

Tips to consider when installing new plugins:

  1. The most important overall rule is to see when last the Plugin was updated, anything over a month is already a red flag! A few days, max 2 weeks are ideal.
  2. See how many users have installed this said plugin.
  3. What does the reviews say? Keep in mind that a 5 star is the max it can go.

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Did you know:

That you can now save so much time by setting your Plugins to Auto-Update?

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98% of WordPress vulnerabilities are related to plugins. 

Source: webarxsecurity.com

Step 3: Implement A Back-Up System 

If you ever do get hacked or accidentally installed a faulty Plugin (which is not very uncommon) it WILL brake and ruin your entire website, this back-up will be your lifesaver! It is easy to restore and getting you back to where you started before the hack or faulty plugin install.

Install Updraft Plus Plugin to update your Website on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, this depends on how “active” you are on your website. If you write a Blog and post twice a week, opt for x2 back-up’s per week, and so on. Make sure to delete the older versions that are out-of-date so you don’t end up with TB (terabytes) of unnecessary data.

Summary

Website Spring Clean

  • Plugins – Delete any Plugins that you don’t use anymore
  • Themes – Make sure to have at most only 2 themes installed, one which is your current theme, and the other to use for testing (more on that later in the series).
  • Images – Go through your Media Library and delete any images that you are not using. (I will show you how to optimise your images in the next Series)
  • Database – I will show you how to do this in the Intermediate Series

If you only do the Basics on your website you are miles ahead of most WordPress owners!

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My 5 Most Used Plugins

Here is a list of my favorite FREE plugins that I think would help you, no matter your niche.

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