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Did you know that out-of-date plugins can pose a potential security risk?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