The importance of security for your WordPress website

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If you’ve created a WordPress business website, you may be thinking that’s all you need to do to enjoy the fruits of your labour and watch the customer enquiries roll in. However, in this digital age, online crime is become more prevalent. So, you can’t afford to create a website these days without taking the necessary WordPress security precautions, otherwise you may be in for a nasty surprise.


Why do hackers want to damage your site?


  1. There are a number of reasons that hackers want to gain unauthorised entry to the backend of your website. As technology becomes more advanced and widespread, the drive to access your private information increases. Nowadays, with the popularity of online shopping and internet banking, there are limitless opportunities for hackers to try to access your accounts or steal funds via your credit card details.
  2. Hackers will be looking for pockets and holes in your internet security, whereby they can easily slide into your unsecured WordPress website without being detected. This vulnerability scanning can end up costing you in lost funds and time. Not only will there be the required downtime to get your website back to working order using the right WordPress security, you’ll need to go over the entire site to determine how the attacks occurred and what damage needs repairing.
  3. When a hacker wants to shut down your website, they’ll attempt to disrupt your server. They may want to take control of your computer without the use of code authorisation or they may simply need access to your computer so they can operate a botnet of ‘zombie’ computers (basically, this means to throw authorities off the scent by placing a network of obstacles in the way) so they can perform malicious actions without being easily tracked.
  4. Like the recent strawberry-sabotage incident that affected Woolworths, if there is someone in your past who wants to harm your reputation or bottom line, your website may be vandalised. This type of hacking is usually for shock value and defacing websites is often the realm of disgruntled school students looking for vengeance on educational institutions.


The best way to protect yourself and your business is to engage professional WordPress security by contacting local web-hosting business Gold Coast Websites on (07) 5635 4224 or get in touch to discuss your needs. Your web hosting company is heavily safeguarded against attack by keeping their own servers, software and hardware up-to-date and also works behind the scenes to protect data on your website by implementing virus protection and monitoring of your site.