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WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress Security Plugins

When it comes to your website, it doesn’t matter the South Florida neighborhood you live in, or whether your business is in Miami, Broward or Palm Beach County, when it comes to your website security you need to be aware of your hosting.  Watch this video for an explanation of what website hosting does.

Your website should have a reliable security application that protects the integrity of your website. There are several good WordPress security plugins available today. A “plugin” is simply a program that runs on your WordPress website, it is very similar to how “apps” work on a smartphone. The good news is that a lot of these security plugins are free. Here is a quick review of the 3 features you should look for when selecting a quality security plugin:

Malware Scanning Ability

  • Similar to how a computer may get infected with a virus, your website may get infected with malicious code that is designed to promote other websites or products. This is different than a hacker who wants to simply take your website offline or deface your homepage with profane laced propaganda. A malware attack simply uses your website as a method of promoting their products. Malware can be extremely difficult to isolate once your website is infected.

Here are a few highly rated products that Think Big Websites recommends to protect you from being harmed by malware.

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SiteLock will monitor your website for changes and notify you when they detect a change in essential files that normally should not be changing. They also offer premium services that will correct any issues in the event you don’t feel comfortable making the changes on your own.

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The other plugin we are currently recommending is the Wordfence Security plugin. We have used several other security plugins but find this plugin to be the most comprehensive and easiest to understand. Wordfence covers all the basics to keep your site protected as well as advanced features to cover the more complex website security issues.

Two-Factor Authenication

  • Two Factor Authentication is becoming an essential method of keeping hackers from accessing your website. Two Factor Authentication requires another device to be present when you are trying to log into your website. Some two factor authentication techniques such as Google Authenticator requires your smartphone to generate a random code that you must enter within a certain amount of time before you are allowed access to your website. Another method of two factor authentication such as Clef, requires the use of your smartphone’s camera to scan an image on your logon page. Both of this methods are extremely easy to use and get the job done.

Implementing these techniques will greatly increase your website security and drastically reduce the possibility of getting malware or hacked. Think Big Websites take these issues seriously and insures your website is protected from any online threats.

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WordPress Security Tips 2016

WordPress Security Tips

Keeping your website secure should be one of your top priorities. Think Big Websites builds 99% of their websites using WordPress and utilize only the best software to prevent unauthorized access and reduce the possibility of being hacked. Most hackers are only interested in defacing your website and causing you embarrassment. However, certain websites can’t afford this type of attack.

Here are two important WordPress security tips you should highly consider implementing if you have decided to create a website on your own using WordPress.

Here are a few critical safety items that you need to be aware of.

Your WordPress Username:

wordpress login screenFirst, you need to make sure that you don’t use “Admin” for your username. This is a default setting on many wordpress installations and it leaves your website vulnerable to attack. By leaving the username as “Admin” you have given a potential hacker half the combination to your dashboard. So, make sure you use a unique username.

Your WordPress Password:

generating a strong passwordThe second important aspect of creating your website with wordpress is to make sure you use a strong password. Gone are the days of using your pet’s name or your birthday. Hackers use very powerful software that try every name in the book, every word in the dictionary and every combination of the two. So make sure you have a very strong password. To create a strong password you can use a website such as strong password generator.

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