Each and every year cyber attackers from every corner of the world breach U.S. company systems. These breaches, estimated to cost an average of $8.9 million annually to clean up can run a company through a series of very complicated, costly loops as they frantically struggle to figure out how they got in, who is responsible, what they did and where to go next.
Small Businesses in the U.S. usually don’t have the time or resources to secure their sites. This financial and experiential gap is a prime target for attackers. There is good news, however, as there are steps you can take to secure your WordPress website.
1.) Ensure Your Installation is Up-to-date
One of the easiest ways for attackers to exploit your WordPress website is get in through sites who haven’t updated their core or their plugins. As of of WordPress 3.8.1 these core updates (updates made the actual WordPress platform) occur automatically. Be careful, though, as not all installations have this setup properly.
Update or spend more to fix it.
2.) Limit the use of Plugins
WordPress holds the largest market share of any PHP-based Content Management System (CMS) out there. It’s also the easiest to use and has the most plugins. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, though, as seen with the latest exploit of the All in One SEO Pack. Even though it has been downloaded nearly 19 million times, this WordPress plugin had a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to exploit your site.
The less Plugins your site uses, the better off you’ll be.
3.) Schedule Regular Backups
If by chance your WordPress website is hacked, exploited or taken over you’ll be oh-so-thankful that you have all of your sites backed up. There are a number of available plugins for those Businesses who don’t have a team that manages their website.
Back up everything, at least monthly.
4.) Scan Your Site
The Total Security plugin for WordPress and Sucuri Sitecheck are two great and free ways to scan your website monthly for potential malware. You never know, it may find something you missed. If it does and you need help — just contact nDigit.
Regular scans can help find the hidden malware.
5.) Install Security Plugins
One of the easiest ways to secure your WordPress site is to install some basic security plugins. We recommend using the Bulletproof Security plugin. It protects your site and disallows attackers who use a utility called WPScan to check your WordPress website weaknesses.
Extra security through plugins.
We’re here to help. nDigit performs security audits to test the strength of your site. We also specialize in Malware removal. If you believe your site is unsecured or that it may have been compromised, fill out the form below to contact us immediately.