Use Two-Factor Authentication to Make Your Site More Secure

Looking for a way to add an extra layer of protection to your site security? Two-factor authentication (2FA) might be your best bet. 2FA can be used along with your traditional login credentials to make it even harder for unauthorized users to log into your account (even if they have your password).

Let’s review why enabling 2FA will benefit your site security, and how it can stop hackers in their tracks.

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How to Prevent Malware with Jetpack

The AV-TEST Institute estimates that more than 250,000 new forms of malware attacks are created every day. If your site isn’t secured, one of these hundreds of thousands could end up targeting your WordPress website.

Given how common malware is, it’s important to understand exactly what it is and how to stop it from wreaking havoc on your site.

Today, we’ll define malware, discuss the most common types, and explain how to prevent malware with the help of Jetpack.

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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.

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Routine WordPress Maintenance is Easy With Jetpack

Most businesses benefit from having well-designed websites. But what happens to the small business owner who is working with limited time and resources for managing a website?

Fortunately, the team behind Jetpack recognizes the importance of maintaining the health of your website without having to spend extra money on third-party website maintenance services, or devoting time you don’t have to routine tasks like making backups or monitoring your logins.

Let’s review four of the most useful WordPress maintenance features that Jetpack offers, and how you can use each one to save time.

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Why You Should Create Offsite Backups

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You may already have backups, but are they stored in a safe location?

Creating and managing a website is easier than it once was, but things still go wrong. Sites still get hacked. Updates might break certain features, or bring entire websites down. Mistakes get made, sometimes right before a really important, high-traffic day.

To avoid these situations, making a backup of your site on a regular basis is critical. It’s even more important to ensure that this backup happens outside of your host. But many of us are guilty of failing to prioritize this important task.

In this post, we’ll cover why you need to perform regular backups, why they should be made offsite, and offer a solution so that you won’t have to worry about losing your data in the event of a mistake or emergency.

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What is Spam and Where Do Those Strange Comments Come From?

Does your blog receive a lot of comments? Spending hours moderating comments and determining what is or isn’t spam can be extremely frustrating. However, allowing spam comments to sit unattended could leave a negative taste in your readers’ mouths, and they could even cause your site to rank lower in search engine results, according to Google.

While deactivating the comments section of your site is a surefire way to get rid of spam, doing so will prevent you from having conversations and building relationships with your readers. Removing comments might solve one problem… but it could also create new ones.

So, how do you accept comments without inviting spammers in to leave irrelevant ones? Read on for a deeper look at what spam is, where it comes from, and how you can prevent it from getting into your site in the first place.

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The Easiest Way to Migrate Your WordPress Site (and Why You Might Need To)

If you manage a WordPress site, there may come a time when you’ll want to change your web hosting service.

Why Would You Need to do This?

Our users report three common situations when a site migration becomes necessary:

  1. Changing service
    You’ve decided to move to a different host (or a different service at the same one) because of different requirements or you’ve found a more affordable option.
  2. Problems with your existing host
    Your host is experiencing problems (or has been hacked), which means your website is offline or unsafe.
  3. A new version of your site
    You are ready to launch a new version of your site and you need to migrate it from your testing or staging server to the live site.

Migrating your site to a new host or server can be a daunting task. The biggest risks involve data loss and website downtime — which may then lead to unexpected costs if you need to employ someone to fix it up.

The easiest way to ensure a smooth transition is to automatically maintain off-site backups and use those to migrate your site.

Put Your Automated Backups to Work

Having a recent and easily-accessible backup is your contingency plan for accidental damage, malware, and brute-force attacks. Many website owners rely on backups provided and managed by their host. However, this doesn’t include the option to restore your backup to a new site — especially if the new site is hosted elsewhere.

Jetpack’s restore service can be used for website migrations and will transfer your entire database, all your plugins, settings, and themes, as well as all your content and images.

You can use your website backup to clone your site instead of downloading your content or manually managing your files with FTP.

Get Your Website Up and Running Faster

One of the many benefits of having a quality website backup available at your fingertips is that you can perform your migration whenever you want.

Jetpack makes it easy to manage it yourself — saving you both time and money because you don’t have to hire anyone or wait on support staff. This gives you total control over when your website is migrated so you can choose your website’s low-traffic periods to minimize interruptions.

Jetpack’s migrations mean your site will be up and running quickly. Depending on your site, downtime could mean a loss of income or reduced search engine rankings. High-traffic sites that generate revenue, like eCommerce, subscription, or advertising sites are particularly sensitive to downtime.

Receive Help Whenever You Need It

It’s normal to be nervous about moving your site, but you don’t have to do it alone. Jetpack’s plans all provide access to expert support. If you have any questions along the way, you can ask one of our dedicated Happiness Engineers.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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A Timely Restore is More Important Than a Free Backup

Every minute your website is offline can have an impact on your site’s success.

For revenue-generating sites, downtime or hacking can mean loss of data, income, and reputation.

For any site, downtime can mean loss of search engine rankings and traffic.

You’ll Regret Skimping on Security

Nobody wants to think about their website getting hacked. However, adopting precautionary measures will give you peace of mind, a safety net, and can save you a lot of money. Without a security and backup service, getting your site online after a hack will require the (often costly) services of a developer.

The time and cost of a professional as well as the potential loss of income from a broken website could be avoided with a comparatively small investment. Our paid plans including full, automated backups start from an affordable $39 per year. That’s less than 11 cents a day.

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Wasted Time is Lost Money

Just by existing, your website is susceptible to hacking, malware, spam, and security vulnerabilities. If your experience a loss of data without a backup, you could lose precious work, information, and momentum in growing your site’s traffic.

A complete web security strategy includes not just automated backups, but easy access to them! The faster you can access your site’s backup, the sooner you can restore it to its former glory.

If for some reason your website goes down, Jetpack will alert you and you’ll be able to revert your site in one click from your dashboard. You can be your own hero and act quickly without having to call a developer.

More Bang for Your Buck

Building a website costs money, from hosting to domain name registration. A lot of website owners cut corners when it comes to web security and choose free plugins and tools. Free backup plugins can help you save a copy of your site, but that’s only half the battle.

The regular malware scans, automated backups, easy restoring, and expert help provided in Jetpack’s Premium and Professional plans (starting at just $99 per year) cover the security needs of websites great and small.

On top of that, our plans include all the social, media, and traffic-boosting features that any website can benefit from.

Receive Help Whenever You Need It

And if all else fails, you still don’t need to shell out for additional professional services. All paying Jetpack customers benefit from fast, expert, priority support from our team of WordPress experts.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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Not All Website Backups are Created Equal (and Why Automatic is Better than Manual)

Whether your website has one page or thousands, you should back up all of your content regularly. Automation is the foolproof way of making sure you’re never caught out.

The Manual Approach

A lot of website owners rely on external hard drives, USB flash drives, or CDs. Any backup is better than none, but storing your files and backups in the same physical place leaves them vulnerable to damage, theft, or loss.

Not to mention that you need to remember to do it and handhold your computer and server throughout the process.

Saving a copy of your files in a separate physical location, also called an off-site backup, is the best way to ensure your site is properly backed up. If something happens to your house or office and your main files are compromised, your off-site backup will be safely stored somewhere else. In case of data loss, you’ll be able to restore your site.

Enabling Automated Backups

The easiest way to perform backups on your website is to install a plugin that does it for you. Jetpack does this by using the same infrastructure that reliably serves millions of WordPress.com sites every day.

Jetpack backs up your WordPress database and any files in your plugins, themes, and uploads folders. This includes all the unique and irreplaceable data in WordPress, and everything properly integrated into the WordPress installation.

The process is automated, regular, and verifiable.

Managing Your Backups

Our most affordable backup solution for WordPress sites is Jetpack’s Personal plan. At just $39 per year, your site is automatically backed up daily, you get a 30-day archive, and unlimited storage (as well as spam filtering and priority support).

For business or news sites that post new content or product updates multiple times a day, the Professional plan also offers real-time backups. Every time you update your site, Jetpack gets notified and immediately backs up your site, making sure your changes are replicated and synchronized. Jetpack Professional also scans your website for security threats, so your website is always safe.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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