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Credit Union Plus Launches New Website

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Congratulations toCredit Union Plus on their new website launch! The site design incorporates large banners and quick access to common functions. The site is responsive so it displays well on all devices – large or small. It’s built on WordPress and uses the CU*Answers SiteControl platform. You can see it here: http://www.cuplus.net/

Is Your WordPress Website Secure? It is With Us!

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In the previous article we posted from Credit Union Times that addressed whether or not WordPress websites are secure, they noted the following:

“At its core, WordPress is extremely secure (see wordpress.org/about/security). In fact, when compared to competitors, WordPress is probably the most secure content management system on earth. While the popularity of WordPress does mean more people are trying to hack it, WordPress has been remarkably successful at resisting attacks. If you study the history of WordPress security, you’ll see that WordPress software is NOT the security issue you should be worried about (source: managewp.com/is-wordpress-secure). The security threat you should be worried about is yourself. WordPress users are the security issue, not WordPress.”

They made a list of best practices to follow for making your WordPress website secure and here’s how we have responded:

Keep Your Website Updated

We do this automatically! As part of our hosting platform, we schedule regular weekly updates to the WordPress core software and plugins. It is why we specialize in WordPress!

Host Your WordPress Website on Secure Servers

We’re not the cheapest hosting option around and we know that. But we’ve built hosting architecture and network security specifically for Credit Unions!

Create Unique Usernames and Passwords

Each website account is created with unique usernames and passwords. We wouldn’t trust it any other way.

Limit Login Attempts & Use a Premium WordPress Security Plugin

Our number one goal is to keep your website secure, which is why we have installed and configured the Wordfence security plugin on all of our sites.  Wordfence helps manage login attempts and auto-bans unknown users who try to attempt access to the site by dispensing brute force attacks.

Use Trusted Third-Party Plugins Only

We properly vet each and every third-party plugin that is installed on all of our credit unions’ websites. We don’t as a rule, install or activate untested or low-scoring plugins.

Did you know that out-of-date plugins can pose a potential security risk?

This is why we issue regular plugin updates along with the WordPress core software. This ensures that your plugins are always up to date and helps keep your site safe from hacking attempts.

Back up Your Website Every Day

All of our credit union websites are on a regular back-up schedule. We believe in having a solid disaster recovery plan in place for life’s unexpected occurrences.

In addition to all of these great recommendations from Credit Union Times, we also go above and beyond this:

  • 24-hour automated monitoring
  • Proactive server management
  • Layered levels of security at the network level, the server level, and the application level
  • All websites are hosted on servers that are housed in a SSAE16 Certified Data Center
  • Soon to be announced free SSL certificates for any sites hosted with us
  • As an added bonus, the leader of the Web Services team has written a book on WordPress Design, Development and best practices!

We understand the unique needs of our clients and strive to always be pushing forward with the latest best practices in website security, design and development.

 

 

Is WordPress Secure for Credit Union Websites?

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From Credit Union Times:

WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet: 27% of all websites are built on WordPress. But does WordPress have security issues? Let’s talk about website security and eight practices to make WordPress secure for a credit union website.

People often judge a credit union by its website. Your website is your biggest branch and most frequent touch point with members. If your website gets hacked, relationships will be compromised. For these reasons, choosing a secure content management system is extremely important.

There are many CMS alternatives. At the forefront of these alternatives is WordPress because it’s 10 times more popular than any other CMS on the planet (source: w3techs.com). Compared to other CMSs, WordPress has the most plugins, themes and developers, as well as the largest community of users helping users. But does the popularity of WordPress come at a price? Does popularity also mean more hackers and vulnerabilities?

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Penn South Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Penn South Federal Credit Union on their new website launch! The site is a beautiful design incorporating large banners and quick access to common functions. The site is responsive so it displays well on all devices – large or small. It’s built on WordPress and uses the CU*Answers SiteControl platform. You can see it here: http://pennsouthfcu.com/

TBA Credit Union Launches New Website

TBA Credit Union home page
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Congratulations to TBA Credit Union on their new website launch! The site is a beautiful design incorporating modern layout with large banners and quick access to common functions. The site is responsive so it displays well on all devices – large or small. It’s built on WordPress and uses the CU*Answers SiteControl platform. You can see it here: https://www.tbacu.com/

Patch Day 8/16

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Tuesday, August 16th starting at 12:00AM, we will begin the monthly patch process for all the servers on the CU*Answers network. We are scheduled to be completed by 8AM.

If you have applications you are responsible for please plan to check on them first thing in the morning to confirm functionality. We are already planning to work with eDoc, Item Processing and Imaging Solutions teams for their respective applications. If you’d like to test your applications as soon as patching for them is complete, please work with me on the specifics.