Why is the security of your WordPress website so important?
Milou de Kleijn, March 28, 2018
An insufficiently secured website is vulnerable to several forms of attack. Your site might get hacked and viruses might be implemented in the code. You do not want your website to go offline, especially if someone inflicts damage to your website or steals your data in the meantime. Since an attack may result in your website being unavailable for a while, you might also miss out on website visits and revenue. In this blog article, we will therefore explain what good website security protects you against.
What does good website security protect you against?
When your website is hacked, a hacker has managed to discover your password(s) and gain access to your data. Being hacked is every website owner’s worst nightmare. That is especially true for people with a webshop, because their customers’ data must be protected from third parties. Data security will become even more important from 25 May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force and website owners are required to handle their customers’ data with even more care.
Malware and viruses
Malware is malicious software that is used to gain access to your website in order to gather information or disrupt the website’s operation. It can also remotely deactivate your firewall or anti-virus software, which significantly increases the risk of viruses. This page tells you all you need to know about removing malware.
A virus is a form of malware that adds something to the code of a website or a system. It allows a third party to e.g. steal your passwords, encrypt your data or control which websites you can visit. In the latter case, there is a serious risk of becoming infected with even more viruses.
Although afflicting the aforementioned damage is the primary goal of a virus, there are other side effects that can be just as unpleasant. A virus may add redirects to other viruses to your website. If Google discovers this, your website may be displayed at a far lower position in the search results. After cleaning up your website, you will have to work hard to earn back your original position.
During a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, a large network of servers is used in an attempt to render your website unusable. Your server goes down under the strain of a large number of simultaneous connection requests. Your website will become slower and certain sites may be entirely unavailable. As with a hack, your customers’ data may be stolen during this process.
Of course, you don’t want your website to be under attack. Two-factor authentication is good prevention to stop being vulnerable to attacks or by using SSL. But there are more tips on how to secure your WordPress website.
Check out if your websites are safe enough to prevent these attacks!