Website Security 2020

Why is WordPress security important for your business? Well for starters last year among CMS sites WordPress accounted for 90% of hacks.I know what you’re thinking “It’s not gonna happen to me, why would somebody hack me” – Person that gets hacked

Imagine having a brick and mortar store and not even bother installing an alarm. Even worse, many websites have such weak passwords it is equivalent to leaving the door unlocked. Fun fact: It only takes about 10 minutes to crack a 6 character lower case password. LET THAT SINK IN.

Here’s why you need WordPress security.

One website hack can destroy your company’s reputation and cost you several crap loads of money. If you don’t have a back up of your site, you’ll be paying even more to get it back up. Simply setting up your WordPress security properly will save you time and money in the long run.

You Could Get Blacklisted By Google

You don’t want to get on Google’s bad side. Statistics show that approximately 20% of websites that get hacked end up being blacklisted by Google. This can have a disastrous effect on your search engine rank and in the long run cost you time and money.

Website Held For Ransom

This is another thing that can happen after a hacker gains access to your site. It’s exactly what it sounds like, hackers could hold crucial data at ransom to see how much you would pay for it. If demands are not met they could delete your data or publish it. 

Loss of Trust

Your valued customers are the heart of your business. What happens when they can’t trust you with their personal information. Simple they find another solution, and the results can be devastating if you’re a small to medium size business. 
I know it’s easy to overlook but being proactive with WordPress security can save you a ton of money and pain in the long run. If you’re new to online business chances are you don’t have a budget for cyber security. Don’t worry, in this guide I will teach you how to protect your WordPress site at no cost at all. 
  1. Get a good start by choosing a secure and excellent hosting provider. Having your website on a secure platform can help deter most common attacks. I recommend siteground. With 24/7 premium support, built in speed optimization and security solutions, they are the best choice. (siteground.com/go/wordpress09)
2.  Choose strong unique passwords for  
  • Your WordPress admin account
  • Web hosting control panel account
  • FTP accounts
  • MySQL database used for your WordPress site
  • Email accounts used for WordPress admin or hosting account
2.  Choose strong unique passwords for  
  • Your WordPress admin account
  • Web hosting control panel account
  • FTP accounts
  • MySQL database used for your WordPress site
  • Email accounts used for WordPress admin or hosting account
It’s surprising how many people still use weak passwords Many beginners don’t like using strong passwords because they’re hard to remember. Well, there’s no excuse anymore with password tools. My personal favourite is last pass. It helps
  • Store passwords
  • Generate strong passwords
  • Securely share passwords (without letting people see what it is)
  • Give temporary access (simply delete the share and access will be revoked)
  1. Create a backup. Remember, even Amazon can get hacked. To protect your business it’s very important to create a backup once a week. Backups allow you to quickly restore your site in case poo poo hits the fan. My personal recommendation is Updraft plus. After you download and install the plugin you can create a backup with one click. 
Should the worst happen you can reinstall Updraft Plus, upload your backup files and restore with one click.