Keeping your website secure is one of the most important things you can do to protect your business and your assets. Without a strong layer of security, your website is vulnerable to phishing, hackers, malware and brute force attacks. With a large proportion of websites using a CMS such as WordPress, many sites have been subject to vulnerabilities. While most CMS systems have some default security measures, there are many additional methods that allow an extra layer of security.
Preventing a hacked website is far simpler than fixing one, not to mention the time and money you will have to spend sorting it out once it has been corrupted. This can then affect your business and your Google ranking. Simple methods such as using a secure password, setting appropriate user access and creating a username other than 'admin' are just the starting point. A deeper level of security will ensure your website won't be compromised.
There are many ways to keep your website safe and secure from brute force attacks and malware. Installing a trusted security plugin often includes many of the features below that will help protect your site.
Some recommended plugins include Sucuri Security, All In One WP Security and Firewall and Wordfence.
Sucuri is a highly rated security plugin that scans your website for malware, protects against hacks and alerts you when there is a breach of security.
Wordfence is another popular plugin that keeps your site safe with use of a firewall, malware scanner, IP blacklist and traffic monitoring.
As well as the general security features, All in One WP Security and Firewall uses a points based system to see how secure your site is.
Contact forms such as Contact Form 7 are highly targeted by spammers and can send a large number of spam emails a day. A simple start would be to use a reCAPTCHA plugin on the contact form itself, which will prevent bots from submitting the form.
For a higher level of anti-spam, plugins such as Askimet or HoneyPot can be used. Askimet has a high reputation for reducing spam and can be used in conjunction with HoneyPot which works as displaying an invisible field on the contact form which only bots can see. These bots will then fill in the field and the plugin will then block them.
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