Protect Your WordPress Site from These Security Threats

If you’re a passionate blogger, small business owner, or develop for WordPress for clients, your site might be your lifeblood. If a hacker were to compromise it in any way, it could be devastating — so much so that The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that an estimated 60% of small businesses go out of business six months after a cyberattack.

This statistic demonstrates that to prevent permanently closing the doors on your site, you should take every possible precaution to ensure website safety and security. Without a proactive approach to security, your website — and your business — could fall victim to a breach.

But with a proactive approach, you can rest assured that your website will stay up and running. In fact, there are a handful of strategies to follow and automated tools to use that address most website security needs.

Let’s examine five of the most common WordPress safety threats that you should look out for, and what you can do to combat them.

1. Brute force attacks

Often times, hackers target websites with the intent of commandeering control for two reasons: to cause overall site damage, or to steal customer information.

There are several different methods used to exploit websites, but one of the most common ones is called a “brute force attack.” This is an attack that uses a network of computers alongside password-guessing software to continuously guess your WordPress login credentials until there’s a match.

If a brute force attack is successful, it could damage your site and potentially steal important data. If the attack is unsuccessful, it may still slow down your site as it attempts to process a large number of login requests in a short period of time.

To prevent brute force attacks, you’ll want to have protection in place, like the automatic brute force login prevention Jetpack activates as soon as it’s installed on your site.

2. Site downtime

Hackers also enjoy causing site downtime by overwhelming it with disingenuous traffic. When your website is down, your visitors may feel compelled to take their business elsewhere.

It’s worth noting that downtime isn’t always caused by hackers. There are many reasons why a website might not function properly, ranging from coding errors to temporary hosting failures. As far as your business is concerned, though, the end result of downtime is the same.

Luckily, Jetpack has an uptime monitoring feature built in. This helpful tool sends an alert if your site is down, allowing you to get it up and running as fast as possible.

Jetpack can send you a notification the moment downtime is detected.

3. Insecure logins

To feel confident that your site is safe, make sure that authorized users are the only ones who can sign into it. Using lengthy, original passwords may be an overstated security tip, but it really does go a long way in keeping your site safe.

Two-step authentication, a process that requires both a password and a one-time access code to sign in, is also a great strategy for keeping your site extra secure. A tool like Jetpack’s Secure Authentication can help you set up two-step authentication for your WordPress site.

Jetpack will allow you to add 2-factor authentication to your WordPress site, requiring users to authenticate their logins with a special code or app.

4. Outdated plugins

Vulnerabilities in outdated plugins are among the most common avenues that hackers use to exploit WordPress websites, so keeping your plugins up-to-date and running their latest-and-greatest versions is extremely important.

With Jetpack, you can automate this process to ensure that plugin updates are installed once they become available. Our automatic plugin update feature lets you choose certain plugins to update automatically, so you don’t have to worry about their safety or performance.

5. Damage to your site

If something does happen to your website, you’ll want make sure you get everything back to normal as soon as possible. This requires making regular backups so you don’t lose any data, and having a plan for restoring your site from those backups.

Jetpack saves copies of your entire website to a secure, off-site location on a regular basis. If you should ever need those backups, you can restore your site — and all of its content with a single click.

Stay ahead of the threats with Jetpack

With all the online security threats that exist, it’s impossible to prepare for everything. When the unexpected happens, it’s a good idea to have some experts on-hand who you can reach out to for help.

Jetpack’s paid services will give you priority access to teams of professional WordPress experts known as Happiness Engineers. These experts can help you resolve security threats or other issues before any lasting damage is done.

When it comes to safety and security, being proactive is critical. Having strong website safety measures in place — from protection against hackers to site backups — means you can prevent most issues from happening and recover quickly from any that slip through the cracks.

How do you secure your website? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments.

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