Is A WordPress Website Secure?
As hard as WordPress have worked since they started back in 2003, hackers have been working just as hard to break into WordPress websites.
40% of websites on the internet today are powered by WordPress, so finding a vulnerability in them would allow hackers to do a lot of damage.
This is why WordPress update their core software when security vulnerabilities and functionality issues are discovered.
They’re designed to make sure your site is protected against hackers that attempt to get into your WordPress database to steal information and maybe even delete it when they’re done.
Who Would Want To Hack Your Website?
The truth is, there’s probably no one out there who cares enough to attack your website, but that doesn’t mean you are safe from hackers.
Hackers don’t sit on Google looking for businesses and websites to hack, they’re a little smarter than that. They use bots. These bots (short for robots) are programmed crawl the internet using security flaws in the WordPress core software, its themes and its plugins.
So even though no one personally wants to hack your website, you are still vulnerable to an attack. One way to protect your site is to use a “Bot Blocker”.
This is a WordPress plugin that prevents bots from coming in, snooping around for vulnerabilities, sending spammy contact forms, submitting ridiculous comments and generally ruining your Google Analytics numbers.
Recommended WordPress Bot Blocker Plugins
In order to prevent bots from attacking your site and generally being a nuisance, I would recommend using Blackhole for Bad Bots or WP Block and Stop Bad Bots WordPress plugins. Both do a great job of protecting you from bots, but go about it in different ways.
Blackhole for Bad Bots creates a link that only bots can see, and if it’s a bad bot, it’ll click the link and go on a blocked list. A simple one strike and you’re out policy.
The Free Version provides all the protection you need, although there is a Premium Version ($25 for a one site licence) that has a few extra features.
WP Block and Stop Bad Bots uses it’s own database of bad bots to prevent them from accessing your site at all.
The Free version gives you 3 updates to the database per year, whereas the Premium Version ($12 for a one site licence) gives you weekly updates and a few other extras.
Make Sure Your Site Works Like It Should
Software used to access the internet is ever changing. Whichever browser you use, whether it’s Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox or the built in browser on a mobile phone, when these companies update their software, things change.
Browser updates add support for new code packages, they also remove old ones. If your site is using code no longer supported in your visitors’ browser, your site might not display correctly or worse yet, not let your visitor click the one button your whole site is designed to make them press…
Whether that’s a “Get In Contact”, “Buy Now” or “Send Message” button, you could be losing potential clients because your site doesn’t work the way it should.
Keeping your WordPress core, themes and plugins up-to-date with the latest version is very important to prevent functionality issues.
Protect Your WordPress Website with Regular Updates
At Riverview Enterprise Solutions, we can make sure your website is secure and up-to-date with our range of maintenance packages.
You can choose from a one off update of everything, monthly updates or weekly updates.
Ideally you want to be updating you WordPress website plugins as often as possible to avoid falling victim to the latest bots darting around the web and keep your site functioning as it should.
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