Everyone should have a backup of their website and use measures to guard your website against hackers. Restoring a site without a backup is a nightmare and can be costly. Plugins and website services exist to automatically backup your site allowing complete restoration with a single click. We also discuss our favorite plugins making unauthorized entry to your website virtually impossible. This episode is one of a series about plugins.
This post corresponds to our latest podcast episode of “Russ and Randy” – a podcast on Healthcare and Medical Internet Marketing. We hope you like “Best Security Plugins for Your WordPress Site.” You can find us on iTunes …and now, ReachMD.com!
Securing your website from hackers, scanning for bad code and backing up your website must be a priority. There is nothing worse than having your website offline (doesn’t work), redirected to another site (I had mine redirected to a porn site!) or downloading adware to your followers.
There are a variety of ways to protect yourself and we discuss our favorite methods including both plugins and third party services.
We review the 3 crucial areas of website security:
- Prevent Unauthorized Entry
- Repair/remove Malicious Code
Website Backup – Step 1
The first step to securing a website is to make a backup.
There are free plugins and premium plugins which will automatically backup your site. Your website copy can also be stored or downloaded to almost anywhere you choose, such as Dropbox, Rackspace, Amazon, FTP or even email.
Many hosting providers (Bluehost, GoDaddy, Hostgator) now offer backup services. Backup services can be free or very inexpensive. Best of all, most services allow you to reinstall your site with a simple click.
Locking Out the Hackers
Once you have develop a system for creating a backup of your website, you will next want to thwart the hackers.
There are a variety of ways to lockout the bad guys such as 2 step authentication (I love this one for RussandRandy.com), blocking IP addresses, Captcha (thwarts the robots), limit login attempts, etc.
All are available as plugins and most are free.
Repair Bad Code
Another security approach is to automatically and routinely scan the files of your website in search of bad code such as malware or adware. Wordfence is a free plugin that provides this service. Sucuri and SiteLock are both 3rd party services which provide complete website security services.
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