WordPressUndercover Hacker is arguably the web’s most popular content management system and blogging platform, and for good reason. The system is free, easy to use and provides a wealth of features that would otherwise cost business owners thousands of [pounds] / dollars in development expenses.

But if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. While the WordPress platform still represents a useful web development option for small businesses, it’s critical that you familiarize yourself with some of the system’s weaknesses to avoid its hidden security dangers.

WordPress updates its platform frequently to respond to known threats but isn’t able to police every possible one.

Here’s a look at the platform’s three biggest security weaknesses that you should be aware of:

  • WordPress is susceptible to attacks and URL hacking
  • Free WordPress themes frequently contain security exploits
  • WordPress’s default login process can be easily hacked

While it might sound like a lot of work to take these precautions, you can expend much more time and effort trying to fix your website if you wind up the victim of a successful hacking attempt. See full article >

What WordPress says;

Security in WordPress is taken very seriously, but as with any other system there are potential security issues that may arise if some basic security precautions aren’t taken. This article will go through some common forms of vulnerabilities, and the things you can do to help keep your WordPress installation secure. See full article >

What we are doing at First Stop!

All self-hosted websites managed by First Stop under our Fixed-24-Support Service will already have some level of backup and security built-in to the backend. Websites hosted on the free / budget version of WordPress already have systems built-in and maintained automatically by WordPress technicians.

If you manage your self-hosted websites yourself you are advised to seek advice or install one or more of the services below (or others of your choice).

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Backup for Fixed-24-Support customers:

All First Stop Web Design customers with self-hosted websites who are subscribed to Fixed-24-Support will have the free ManageWP plugin * installed at no additional cost.

We have also provided details of this and premium services below if you are looking for additional features.

ManageWP (Free & premium plugin) *
ManageWP is a new way to manage and backup multiple WordPress websites efficiently. The platform was bootstrapped by Vladimir Prelovac, a successful WordPress developer, consultant, and the author of the first WordPress development book. By January 2012 ManageWP was officially released, and within a month 100,000 websites were being managed with the service.

Details & Pricing – www.managewp.com/pricing

BlogVault (Free & premium plugin)
This plugin automatically backs up your site’s data every day in small increments, so your site is never overloaded. It also ensures that all your backups are encrypted and stored safely in a remote location. With this WordPress backup plugin, all your data is easily recoverable — in fact you can restore your website with a single click.

Details & Pricing – www.blogvault.net/pricing

For premium backup services;

VaultPress from WordPress
VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and realtime syncing of all your WordPress content. To ensure your site stays safe, VaultPress performs security scans daily and makes it easy to review and fix threats.

Details & Pricing – www.vaultpress.com/plans

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Website security for Fixed-24-Support customers:

All of our customers with self-hosted websites who are subscribed to Fixed-24-Support will already have either the free iThemes Security, WordFence Security or Sucuri Security plugins * installed at no additional cost.

iThemes Security (Free & premium plugin)
Details & Pricing – www.ithemes.com/security

WordFence Security (Free & premium plugin)
Details & Pricing – www.wordfence.com/#premiumVersion

Sucuri Security (Free & premium plugin)
Details & Pricing – www.sucuri.net/website-antivirus/signup

“Don’t get caught, get smart”
Please carefully review this information and take appropriate action – contact us if you need assistance.
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