One of the main fears owners of websites built on WordPress have is that their website will be hacked. Sadly, it seems hardly a week goes by when we see another news story about a corporate website being hacked and thousands or even millions of people’s data at risk or, worse, stolen. Many of you reading this may not have data relating to users or customers, so you may think you are immune to hacking attempts. Unfortunately, you are mistaken. Whilst it is when corporate websites are hacked that we usually hear about, do not think that because your website is simply a blog, for example, it is immune from hacking. Every website is a target for hackers and scam artists, so you must take your WordPress website’s security very seriously. Get a free quote now: (08) 6102 1222 Not all hacking criminals are large-scale and attack larger websites. Many are content to attack small websites and cause misery and mayhem for website owners, often for criminal financial gain. This issue becomes greater when you realise multiple ways your WordPress website can be hacked, as outlined below. SQL Injections Brute Force Attacks Hosting Server Vulnerabilities Outdated Scripts Keyloggers Remote Code Execution All pretty scary, eh? Well, it can be, but the good news is there are multiple ways to protect your WordPress website against all of these and the other methods that hackers might use to attack your website. The even better news is that none of them is challenging to implement and can often be set up with a few clicks of your mouse.

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Do I Need To Add A SSL Certificate To My WordPress Website?

If you’ve recently built a new WordPress website then the chances are that you haven’t installed an SSL certificate yet. In fact, the chances are that you probably don’t even know what an SSL certificate is, especially if you’re not an experienced web developer. Well the short answer is that all websites should have an SSL certificate and, by extension, HTTPS browsing enabled for optimum security. In this article I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know about SSL certificates, including what they are, why you should have one, and how to get one. What is an SSL certificate? An SSL, or secure sockets layer certificate is a modern web technology that enables an encrypted link between a browser and a server. Usually, this link is between web browsers and web hosting servers, but they can also be between mail clients and mail servers. Luckily, SSL certificates aren’t actually complicated technology. You can usually purchase one through your hosting provider, and installing it to your WordPress website is actually very easy. If you don’t have an SSL certificate already, then your website basically isn’t secure, and your visitors might not trust you.

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If you had the choice as to where you wanted to build a brand new house for you and your family, you would presumably locate it in an area known to be secure and free from the risk of crime. That same principle applies when it comes to where you wish to locate your website, only this time it is not a physical location you are selecting, but a hosting company. At first, it might seem that barring a few variables to pricing, server disc space and bandwidth, most hosting companies seem pretty much all alike. That might be how it appears, but it is an assumption that can have huge implications for the security of your website. We say that because one of the key ways you can differentiate between hosting companies is the security protocols and features that they offer. Whilst no hosting company can give you a cast-iron guarantee that you will never be hacked, what they can at least have in place is the appropriate type and number of security features that will minimise the risk as much as possible. As for what those essential hosting security features are, here are some of the main ones you should expect them to have. Network Monitoring One of the ways a hosting company can guard against hacking attacks is to have a network management team constantly monitor their network. This will quickly identify any attacks as they occur and allow them to take preventative action as soon as it occurs Firewalls Whilst you may know about firewalls protecting your home computer or laptop, you might not be aware they can also protect hosting servers. if you think about it, a hosting server is basically a huge computer, albeit with infinitely more memory space than the device you are currently using to read this. By having firewalls in place, hosting companies can fend off and block connections from those who mean them harm.

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