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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How to Keep Your WordPress Plugins Updated

One of the best parts of WordPress is its massive ecosystem of plugins. In fact, as of right now, there are more than 50,000 free add-ons available on the WordPress.org plugin repository.

Given how user-friendly plugins are, it’s not uncommon to end up with dozens of them. Each one might be specifically chosen and configured for your needs.But with all the positive aspects of using plugins, there can be some pain points as well. The biggest pain point is probably keeping up with all the updates that become available.

This might lead you to ask questions like: “do I need to run plugin updates?” “How often should my plugins be updated?” Or: “are there any tools that help make plugin updates easier or more efficient?” In short, the answers are: yes, it depends, and you bet!

Read on to learn about the importance of plugin updates, how to update your plugins, and when (and how) to use automatic updates to help manage your site.

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Why Every Site Should Have Backups

Every single site is different: different designs, different content, different objectives and goals. But there’s one thing that is true for all of them: they need to be online! Whatever your site’s goals, you’ll only meet them if your website is accessible and running smoothly.

Almost every day, we hear from customers who use our backup service because they’ve experienced an outage in the past. They don’t want to repeat the experience of scrambling to rebuild their site again from bits and pieces of old backups, internet archives, and memory.

In hindsight, everyone says that what they should have done is invest in a backup service right away — because every site, no matter its size, design, or goals, needs to be backed up.

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WordPress Support Stories: When a Theme Update Goes Awry

Updating your WordPress theme is a normal part of site maintenance. Switching themes or even updating current theme files on a self-hosted WordPress site is a major change that should only be done with a full site backup, just in case something goes awry. Need proof? Read Les Tokar’s story.

Les publishes reviews and articles about solid state drives (SSD) and other data storage technologies on his two sites: TechnologyX and The SSD Review. What he thought would be a smooth theme upgrade quickly derailed, but a quick restore saved his site, his search engine ranking, and his income.

The Miracle Worker

Tonight we completed a theme upgrade that had taken the better part of a week to fine tune. Our website is a business that employs several and does very well. At 9:00 p.m., we followed the new theme’s instructions on how to import sample data.

What the update never told us was that it created a new website on top of ours. It imported dozens of pictures and pages and went live immediately. To share just a bit of what we endured, we had to pull automated posts off of each of our 23 social connections (FB/Delicious/Twitter etc.,) as the theme update auto-posted to all.

Next, Google picks up our content within three seconds of posting. Google realized something was wrong and dropped us from their rankings within 10 minutes. We went from hundreds of visitors at any one time to eight-nine within minutes. Long story short, we used Jetpack’s site restore for the first time and it worked quickly and perfectly. What little we have invested doesn’t compare to its value tonight alone. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

— Submitted by flamenko

Big changes like a WordPress site design overhaul can quickly go wrong for various reasons. It’s important to prepare for any situation with a complete site backup you can restore quickly and easily. Every minute your site’s offline reduces your business success. For site owners who generate revenue through their sites, downtime or hacking can mean a loss of data, income, brand credibility, and even search engine ranking.

Jetpack offers daily and real-time backups. There’s no cap on backup size, and three simple ways to restore your site.

  • If your site has several things wrong with it and you’re unable to pinpoint the problem or you’re migrating your entire site, a full restore will get you back on track.
  • You can also choose to do a faster partial restore or perform a single-file restore for common mistakes like accidentally deleting or messing up your CSS file.
  • Not sure what you need? Jetpack priority support is here to guide you through the process in your moment of need.

Jetpack offers security, backups, and easy restoration. Most importantly: expert and priority support when you really need it. Learn more.

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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 Backup Plan for Clef Users

Clef has been a foundational security service for the WordPress community and we are sad to see it go. However, we are pleased to announce that we are working directly with the Clef team to help you.

We’ve started by extending the sunset date by one month, giving you until the 7th of July to transition from Clef to an alternative of your choice.

We, of course, recommend Jetpack…

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Two Factor Authentication with Jetpack

Jetpack offers a free secure authentication service including two-factor authentication.

Once you install Jetpack, you can enable two-factor authentication and make it a requirement for all users of your WordPress site — just like you’ve been used to with Clef.

You have the additional peace of mind that Jetpack’s security services are run by the same team that secures millions of self-hosted and WordPress.com sites.

Learn More and Get Started

To help you make the transition as easily as possible, we’ve put together a dedicated page that explains:

  • How Jetpack’s secure authentication works
  • Additional (free) security services you can benefit from
  • How to install Jetpack and enable two-factor authentication

Get started now and as ever, please get in touch with us should you have any questions.

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