What can happen…
Imagine, one of your good customers calls and says “I tried going to your website but I get a warning that it’s not safe – I think you’ve been hacked.” You rush to your computer and try to bring your site up – you get the same message. You ignore the warning and click through to your site and sure enough, it’s now selling a weight loss medication. What do you do?
If your website is using WordPress, the most popular content management system in the world, powering over 25% of all websites, it might also be the daily target of hackers. No longer pranksters, hackers are well financed criminals who look to take over a website and then use it to make more money.
More and more small and medium sized businesses are being targeted because they don’t have the time or technical know-how to protect themselves. Once your website is taken over it can be used to launch spam email, sell illegal products, or redirect to porn sites. Whatever it might be, you lose money and take a hit to your reputation.
In an ideal world, once a website was up and running nothing else would need to be done except add new content. But that is not the world we live in.
What can be done about it.
Ben Franklin said it best. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.“
Updating the WordPress software, theme and plugins is one of your best defenses because it will block new vulnerabilities as they become known. But updating can be tricky, and it requires frequent checks to know when they need to be done. There are also security plugins that can assist in monitoring problems and plugging holes. Finally, regular backups both onsite (to the same server your website is on) and offsite (to a separate storage location such as Dropbox) should be performed in case your defenses are breached by the hackers.
CityCenter has put together an Update, Security and Backup service to assist you in securing your WordPress website on a long term basis. Check out everything the package contains below.
Take advantage of our experience and skill to keep your website safe – cleaning up after you’ve been hacked can be very expensive.
Update, Security and Backup Monthly Services
|Update WordPress whenever new versions are released.|
|Update all plugins monthly.|
|Installation and setup of backup software to locally backup database daily, plus offsite backup of files and database weekly.|
|Setup and monitoring of security software (On start of service: delete unused themes and plugins, change admin password if it is set to “admin”)|
|Clean database of unneeded post revisions and unneeded entries|
|Uptime monitoring hourly|
|A complete log of plugins and themes installed, last updated, link to source|
| $40/month (via PayPal)
| $100/quarter (via PayPal)
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