WordPress Whiz: Security

Bit Spit #17, Part 4 The Importance of Backing Up WordPress

Part #4 Importance of Backing Up WordPress

The loss of any valued object is sure to cause anxiety, and considering the work you’ve put into it, losing your blog could to be the worst of all.

WordPress website owners are even more at risk than most, and that’s due to the WordPress’s phenomenal popularity. Its widespread presence allows the blackhats to hit the largest number of sites while expending the smallest amount of energy. Once the hackers have crashed your website or blog (if its not hardened, protected and monitored), it may not be so easy to get it back. While your host provider might perform occasional backups, there is no guarantee that they’ve done so recently.

If the self-hosted version of WordPress is the one on which you keep your website, you and you alone are completely responsible for every one of your files. This increases your susceptibility and makes regular backups even more important.

The Two Parts of WordPress (Site Files and MySQL)

First, WordPress owners/users need to understand that they are actually dealing with two distinct and separate pieces, each of which requires attention. The most important component, the MySQL database, serves as the home of the website/blog’s pages, settings, links, posts, name and description. The site file section houses the core files, admin panel, plugins, themes and media files. The severity of their loss will vary with the function and objective of your site.

No Website or Blog is Really Safe

While users of WordPress are not the only ones at risk, the fact remains that they are highly vulnerable. Regular backups (along with Hardening, Security Protection and Monitoring) are of major important, and when performing a WordPress backup users will need to consider both database and file section. Although the daily performance of this task will provide the greatest degree of safety, do you have the time to do this yourself? Do you even want to?  Are you able to RESTORE the files quickly and properly?

What is Your Website Worth?

If your website doesn’t mean a lot to you, its loss will not bother you much. However, the majority of websites today represent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours’ worth of work. In the absence of a regularly performed WordPress backups companies may lose more than their carefully crafted posts. They may also find that their followers have left for greener pastures. Worse, any company that relies on WordPress as a marketing device faces the even more serious loss of potential clients and customers.

Safeguarding a WordPress website means more than merely guarding against hackers, its about the old adage…”always be prepared”.  When your protection includes a daily offsite WordPress backup you can rest assured that the site that is perfection today will still be whole tomorrow.

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Bit Spit #16, Part 3, The Importance of Monitoring WordPress

Part #3 Importance of Monitoring WordPress

According to the April 2013 TechNewsDaily, approximately 90,000 WordPress websites were attacked by hackers. This has brought the need for increased security and monitoring to the forefront of many WordPress website owner’s minds. While no website is safe from potential hackers, WordPress is one of the most popular web hosting services in the world, making it an attractive target for hackers.

Monitoring WordPress

Consistent monitoring is one of the best defenses a website owner can do to ensure the safety of their online presence and business. By monitoring the website, you can react to unauthorized entry to the site quickly and correct any issues caused by the hackers. Every attack leaves a trace, either on the file system as changes to files or in the logs. You can also see if the hacker has installed MalWare or other viruses that are designed to infect users who visit your site.

In truth, most website owners don’t perform either automated or manual checks of their websites. This is because either they don’t have time or they do not know how to monitor their website and identify changes made by someone else.  No need to worry, we offer a 24/7 WordPress monitoring service help protect your websites for hackers: WordPress Whiz. We offer constant monitoring of your website as part of their Protection Services package. This service includes monitoring the website’s up-time, identifying MalWare and CORE WordPress file changes, and recognizing bots or individuals trying to gain access to the website through random passwords.

Other Security Measures

Besides monitoring your WordPress website, it is important to continuously update your WordPress website. Updates provided by WordPress are meant to allow your website to run more efficiently as well as to correct any programming that would allow hackers to easily enter your website and make changes. Ideally, you should setup a regular schedule for updating your WordPress website, so you keep your website up to date.

Backing up your website regularly can also add protection to your website. Having a current back-up can help you restore your website quickly in the event a virus or MalWare infects it and dramatically changes the pages or takes it offline.

Whether you are looking for WordPress monitoring Calgary website owners can trust or a complete protection services package, contact WordPress Whiz at 1-866-730-2040 or click here for more information.

Bit Spit #15 Part #2: The Importance of Keeping WordPress Up To Date!

Part #2, The Importance of Keeping WordPress Up to Date!

 

WordPress is one of the most popular blog and website content platforms in the world, but its popularity has a downside that has recently been revealed. Even though WordPress is simple to use and provides an extraordinary number of powerful features, it has become a major target for hackers. WordPress security is of the utmost importance for anyone who uses the software, and the best protection against security breaches is keeping the platform updated.

Fortunately, we offer a “WordPress updates Security Package” and we can quickly and reliably do regular updates and security checks for WordPress by our team of experienced professionals.

The Need for WordPress Updates

Studies show that of the 30,000 websites that are infected with malware every day, 87 percent run on the WordPress platform, and many of the attacks are made directly through the front door. It is estimated that a seasoned hacker can crack the average WordPress administrator password in less than 10 minutes.

Most webmasters never worry about hackers and malware installations on their WordPress websites because the problem is not directly in front of their eyes. However, an infected website can be difficult to detect until it is too late. Securing your WordPress website is a task best left to experienced professionals who know how to discover security vulnerabilities and prevent them from being exploited.

How WordPress Updates Can Save Your Website

WordPress is an open-source software platform, but it is professionally maintained by teams of volunteers and, in some instances, paid programmers. When vulnerabilities are discovered in the software, these teams work diligently to plug the holes and make a fixed version of the software available to the public. However, with each version, notes are also released that detail exactly what was fixed, and hackers can use these notes to target websites running older versions of WordPress.

WordPress updates are critical because the information hackers need to attack old versions is being set right at their feet with each new release. Once the website is updated, only hackers who are clever enough to discover new vulnerabilities will be able to break into it.

Professional WordPress Updates Calgary

WordPress updates can be achieved with a minimal amount of work and frustration by hiring a company that does the job for you.  For only $25 per month, WordPressWhiz.com will continually monitor your WordPress website in order to keep it updated and secure. In addition, five days of backups are always kept on file so that you can fully restore your website in the event of a disaster.

Bit Spit #14 Part #1: The Importance of Securing WordPress

Part #1 The Importance of Securing WordPress

Internet hackers may be many things, but stupid is not one of them. They appreciate the talents of WordPress as much as you do. In fact, its high degree of user popularity has made it one of their favorite targets.

It’s time to do battle with those Internet bandits, and you can do that by implementing the WordPress security updates Calgary professionals know and trust. You need to stay one step ahead of the hackers, and the timely performance of WordPress security updates can head them off at the pass.

Securing the Database

The WordPress database is one of the hackers’ favorite playgrounds. That’s because it contains your site’s most sensitive information. Such security measures as changing the database prefix, either manually or with the help of a plugin, can aid in foiling them.

Permissiveness Will Come Back to Bite You

When performing WordPress security updates Calgary webmasters must be careful never to give full 777 permissions to any directory, folder or file. Keep the least-risky ones at 755 or 750 and assign 644 or 640 to the rest.

Don’t Give Away the Store

To the hacker, your WordPress version is one of the keys to the mint. WordPress 2.6 and later automatically add the version to the WP_head region, thereby making it visible to anyone who cares to look. You can manually locate and delete the line of code that does this, or you can use intelligent software that performs this chore for you along with the other essential WordPress security updates Calgary experts recommend.

It’s a Bird; It’s a Plane

On the Internet, a strong username and password can be your Superman, and if you think you’re doing well by logging in as “admin” with the name of your Chihuahua for a password, think again. Those are the first things your friendly neighborhood hacker will try. The proper password protection is vital for keeping them at bay, so if your login specs are weak, fix them.

Your Site May Already Be Sick

A workstation that labors under a malware infestation has already laid out the hacker welcome mat. Regular antivirus scans combined with a strong plan for damage control and disaster recovery are key components of the best WordPress security software.

Don’t Let it Happen to You

If you’re running WordPress, you’re already under attack. Fortunately, we can provide you with WordPress security updates…a service webmasters have come to trust.  We perform the needed maintenance for you. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your website is safe and protected will be, quite literally, priceless.

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Bit Spit #13 – WordPress 3.6 “Oscar” is out!

WordPress 3.6 “Oscar”

Posted August 1, 2013 by Matt Mullenweg. Filed under Releases.

The latest and greatest WordPress, version 3.6, is now live to the world and includes a beautiful new blog-centric theme, bullet-proof autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integrations with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud. Here’s a video that shows off some of the features using our cast of professional actors:

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