How to Secure a Website: Steps for WordPress Site Owners

Jasmine Henry / May 16, 2019

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Learning how to secure a website against threats is vital to the success of your online presence. As a WordPress website owner, it’s important to protect your reputation and your customer’s data. In fact, 58 percent of hackers target small businesses specifically instead of larger organizations, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

Why you should monitor your WordPress website

You’d notice if your WordPress website has been hacked. However, you may not notice website vulnerabilities, which can be just as damaging to your organization. The average business doesn’t notice compromise for 196 days, according to the Verizon Data Breach report. Actively monitoring your site can enable you to detect any unauthorized change, including errors by employees. A proactive response is important to reduce the time to detection and time to resolution, in case your website faces damage due to an error, malware, or a sophisticated attack.

How to secure a website

Many of the most important actions you can take to protect your business from security threats don’t require outsourcing your security to professionals. Securing your WordPress website requires strong tools for automated monitoring and protection.

1. URL checker

To immediately gain insight into the security of your WordPress website, use a free tool like WPScans.com and your URL to detect basic security issues. This may include whether you’re using the latest version of WordPress and whether any of your website plugins contain security vulnerabilities that could leave your website vulnerable to a possible attack.

2. Source code

Malware and hackers can make unauthorized changes to the source code of your WordPress website to destroy important content, or in other cases, avoid detection. A super plugin like Jetpack can protect your business by providing automatic cloud backup notifications to protect your source code. If your site is ever compromised, you can restore your business with little disruption.

3. Login changes

Unusual logins can be an indication of attempted website compromise, especially if there are repeated attempts to log in with an incorrect username or password or if there are logins from an unknown IP address that isn’t associated with your business or an employee’s home. Automated solutions like Jetpack help by notifying site owners of login changes.

4. File changes

When new versions of your WordPress plugins are released, you should update the plugin immediately to limit security vulnerabilities or performance issues. Jetpack’s features provide convenient performance management features to notify you of file changes to plugins, so you can immediately update to the latest version.

Protect your WordPress site against threats

Small-business owners face many security threats online, including employee error, hackers, and malware. Using automated tools to monitor your website for suspicious logins, unauthorized changes to the source code, or file changes can protect against vulnerabilities and attacks. Learn more about what’s available by browsing Jetpack and VaultPress features.

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