How to Ensure You Have a Secure Site

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Did you know that over 30,000 websites are hacked every day?

In fact, nearly half of all American adults are hacked each year.

Perhaps you remember the disaster that was the Thanksgiving 2013 Target hack, in which the credit card information of over 40 million customers was stolen.

The reality is that hackers are getting stronger, smarter, and developing new cyber weapons every day.

Having a secure site is a must for you and your visitors/customers.
But how can you make sure you’ve got a truly secure site?

By reading this guide.

Here, I’m telling you the top tips on how to get a secure site that even skilled hackers will have a hard time getting into.

When you’ve worked hard to create content that goes viral, make sure visitors land on a secure site.

You can’t afford to skip this article. Don’t wait until it’s too late to secure your website.

1. Always Run Updates

This is one of the most important basics of having a secure site.

Stop putting off WordPress or other hosting platform updates.

These updates won’t just improve the interface and look of your site – they’re also designed to help make sure your site’s security is current.

Often, updates fix possibilities for data breaches or work to prevent a new hacking trend.

If you don’t run the update, you’re still at risk for cyber attacks that are now preventable.

The same goes with your WordPress themes or plugins. If you see an update, run it on them as well.

2. Get Rid Of Old Plugins

Deleting old plugins and themes is a great way to make sure you have a secure site.

If you’re no longer using certain plugins, don’t keep them on your site – go ahead and fully delete them.

Deactivating them alone will still leave you vulnerable to hacking. Hit that delete button!

Also, make sure you’re getting those themes and plugins from a reliable source – like WordPress or your hosting platform itself.

If you download from the platforms directly, you’ll get plugins and themes that have already been scanned for viruses.

If you download them off some random website, you don’t really know what you’re getting.

3. Get A Real Username

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people pick the username “admin” to manage their web hosting platform dashboard or WordPress account.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you may be one of those people.

Picking a name that thousands of other people have is not doing to get you a secure site.

Why?

First of all, you’ve already done half of the hackers’ work for them by selecting an obvious username.

Now, all they have to figure out is your password.

Don’t believe us?

Take a look at your website log and see if any unfamiliar IP addresses or locations have tried to login with the username “Admin.”

That ought to be enough to make you change your mind.

While there are plugins you can install that will block unfamiliar IP addresses that try to login under the “admin” username, it’s really best just to pick another, more challenging username.

While we’re on the subject, how often are you changing your password?

And is your password just as easy to guess as that “admin” username?

Your best bet is to use random letters and numbers, and make sure you update your password at least once every couple of weeks.

If you’re a high-traffic site, you’ll likely need to make that password switch more often to ensure you have a secure site.

Check out sites like “Strong Password Generator” to create passwords that are impossible to guess.

4. Always Back Up Your Site

This is one of the most important preventative measures you need to be taking to make sure you have a secure site.

First of all, you probably already know that backing up your site is important because it makes getting your data back much easier if you do end up getting hacked.

But that’s not the only reason backing up is important.

Sometimes, members of your team can accidentally make changes to your website you didn’t get to approve, or that you’re not happy with.

Backing up your site makes reversing those changes much easier.

Also, if your server fails, you won’t lose all your hard work – and customers orders and information won’t be compromised or entered again.

To really make sure your backup process is efficient, doing a quick backup once a month just isn’t going to cut it.

Instead, try to do a full site backup at least once a week.

You can also do backups that make copies of any new data you’ve added or changes you’ve made.

This is a great option is saving space is a concern. (Though you may also want to look into cloud backup services.)

5. Consider A Two-Step Authentication Process

This is a great way to make sure you have a secure site.

Basically, a two-step authentication means that entering your password to login/make changes to your site isn’t enough.

In addition to your password, you’ll also need to enter an access code that is sent directly to your telephone through a call or text.

Check out the “Google Authenticator” plugin to get a quick two-step process on your site.

Use These Tips To Ensure You Have A Secure Site

Thanks to these awesome tips, it’s easy to make sure you always have a secure site.

However, as you know, the world of hacking and cyber security is always evolving.

If you don’t stay on top of the latest updates, trends, news, and information, you’ll likely end up getting hacked.

What can you do to prevent that?

Keep checking back with my site. I’m dedicated to providing the most current content possible when it comes to keeping your site secure.

I’m an expert in all kinds of hosting platforms and services, so you can count on me to bring you data that’s proven, trusted, and comes from direct experience.

Don’t fall for a web hosting scam.

Don’t let a hacker undo all the work you’ve done to build your business.

Start really protecting your site today.

Tim Schmidt

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Tim Schmidt is an Internet Entrepreneur living in South Florida. He owns multiple e-commerce businesses, an SEO Agency, and consults companies on Internet Marketing strategy. You can reach him for advice, speaking engagements, guest posts, interviews, and more, on this page.

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