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How To Beef Up Security On Your Website

If you have a new website to design you have a wide selection of choices when it comes to choosing a platform. To build a site from scratch using HTML, CSS and perhaps some JavaScript libraries requires website development experience and more skills and knowledge than the average website owner possesses.

One way of still being able to cover the website build yourself is to choose an established platform that helps remove the need for programming skills. One such solution is to go down the road of using a content management system. You may see plenty of new content management systems (CMS) being introduced on the web, but WordPress remains the best and most popular.

The WordPress platform is popular with both experienced web designers and DIY newbies, as it has everything that you'll need. You can easily put together basic sites quickly but you can also just as easily show off any advanced web design techniques you may have picked up along the way.

Although there has been some criticism of issues with regard to WordPress security, most of this results from the fact that with WordPress being so incredibly popular there are literally millions of WordPress sites out there for hackers to attack. However, by following just a few simple precautions it is not at all difficult to increase the security on your WordPress site.

Whatever you are using your WordPress site for; blogging, company site or online Ecom shop, you'll need to consider security. Listed below are the important things that you must learn about WordPress and the relatively simple security measures that you'll need to put in place.

Importance Of Security Security is a major part of website development because you not only want to protect the content of your website but also any client data that you might need to collect. It won't really matter if you will use this for blogging or it will be for an ecommerce website since online hackers can rob user information and set up malicious software on the site.

If you are unlucky enough to have your website be hacked the results can be catastrophic. If the hack results in the loss of trust from your customers, it is no exaggeration to say that this could in fact cost you your entire business in the long run.

March 2016, saw Google reveal that they had already informed 50,000,000 website site visitors that sites could contain malware. Further to that, Google penalized more than 20,000 websites because of malware and over 50,000 sites due to phishing.

Keep Your WordPress Updated At All Times WordPress is an open source software that is updated on a regular basis. It now has settings that enable you to install WordPress core and WordPress plugin updates as soon as they become available without you needing to intervene.

This is extremely important as the updates on this platform usually indicate that security has been compromised. The updates may feature new security measures for the consumers or they may cope with the problems that the online hackers found on the platform.

It is equally important to ensure that all of your plug-ins are updated as soon as possible. Hackers often find it easier to exploit a weakness in a plug-in to gain access to your site. By keeping the WordPress framework and all of your plug-ins up to date you have taken a big step towards improving the security of your website.

Strong Usernames And Passwords - Simple But Effective If the username and password that you are using at this time are very easy to remember, the online hackers will likely find it easy to crack as well. The best thing that you should do is to use longer and more complex usernames and passwords.

It is better if you will stop using the username "admin" and create your own which is extremely hard to remember. The very first tactic the most hackers employ is attempt to gain access using the admin user account.

As for the password, you'll need to create a strong password that is composed of symbols, capital letters and numbers and it should be very long. If you wish to use a persons name as the username that is fine but just beef up the security by adding a random selection of symbols, letters or numbers either before or after the name.

For some taking on the responsibility of website security is a step too far. For those of you that feel like this you will find a wide selection of WordPress site security experts that will be able to help you. For a little bit of outlay you will get a lot of peace of mind. All the SEO techniques known to man are not going to be able to recover a site with a reputation for malware or phishing.


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