Keeping our website and everything on it up to date is the final part of having a solid website security strategy.
We hear stories all the time about websites getting hacked. The most publicized ones usually include a defaced homepage that shows some terrible message about who hacked our website and why they did it. However, there are many other sneaky ways that hackers use to compromise our website.
Sometimes they will hack into the backend of our website and use it as a spam server, which can slow our website down to a crawl and eventually gets us blacklisted. Blacklisting means that our web address (domain name) is added to naughty lists on servers all over the world that block others from visiting our website and sending email messages to us. As we can imagine, that could be a big problem for our business.
Keep up to date with modern technologies
To protect us, our website, and our email from being hacked, one of the most important things we can do is to make sure our website’s software stays up to date. Whether we are using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or other content management system (CMS) or even hand-coded files, we need to make sure that these programs and software keep up with modern technologies. Another consideration is our hosting account — make sure we are hosted with a reputable company that cares about security. Sometimes there are some extra hassles that come along with security, but they are worth it in the long run.
Version updates often have important security patches and bug fixes, so it’s important to always run the latest version of our website’s software, themes or plugins we are using:
- Keep software core up to date
- Keep plugins and themes up to date
- Regularly update passwords
- Routinely audit sites for plugins, themes and users that aren’t being used, and remove them
- Always have a recent WordPress backup
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