There is more concern over website security just over the last week with many of my clients. And today the news has come out that Google says 32% more websites were hacked last year with little chance of that changing in the future.
So while there is concern over this and the fact that many feel WordPress could be the issue, here are some tips and a detailed article about how to secure your website. In the years I have been designing websites there has only been 2 I have personally designed. Both of these were hacked after they had taken SEO ‘pay-per-click’ advertising with another company. I can not say why it made it easier to hack, but one of them had a Google search link directly going to a ‘inappropriate’ site. Not good. Malware was all over the site. So be vigilant. Getting an SSL certificate from your host will help and is becoming a requirement from Google to legitimize your business online.
So here are a few basic tips:
- Do not use Admin as your user name (choose something unique and not easy to guess)
- Keep your plugins and WordPress platform up to date
- Add security plugins for your needs (Askimet, WordFence)
- Monitor activity on your site to ensure there is no new users or activity
- Block IP addresses
Here is an article I found that will help with some of these topics plus other tips.