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WordPress Security: Introduction

As you read this, this website is being probed by hackers for vulnerabilities.

And so is your website.

Website security is a never-ending game of cat and mouse. Hackers use automated scripts to crawl the web in search of sites and servers running outdated software with un-patched security vulnerabilities. When identified, these systems become the target of concerted attacks. Once a hacker gains access to a system, it can then be used for a wide range of illegal activities ranging from simple defacement of a website to complex schemes to defraud the website’s owner and its visitors, causing grave damage to brand’s reputation as well as creating financial damage and liabilities.

The matter is compounded by the fact that the great majority of website design shops and marketing agencies simply do not have the technical expertise and skill to take the proactive steps necessary to avoid and defeat these attacks. Often, the first sign they have that a website’s security has been compromised is once the damage has already been done. Most agencies and design shops will leave the matter of security up the hosting company (who is primarily, if not solely, concerned with securing their own layer—not yours). Some website developers aren’t even aware of the threat and simply prefer to “hope for the best”.

Our process consists of more than 100 modifications that not only ensure the sites we build don’t become compromised, they prevent the site from even being discovered by the hacker’s web crawlers—while still maintaining high visibility to friendly bots from search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

We continuously monitor all LIFT-hosted websites for attempted attacks, and we perform regular malware scans. When our system detects an attack, it automatically blocks the IP range of the attacking system and instantly notifies our web developers who monitor the situation and respond if necessary.

If LIFT built your website, there’s nothing further you need to do. We want our clients to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their sites are protected, monitored, and always up to date. We provide our clients with regular security assessments and notifications when their software has been updated.

If another agency or web developer built your site, and they aren’t providing routine security reports, they may not have hardened your website against attack, or worse, they may not be updating your software and plugins. If you suspect that this is the case, please contact us. We can perform a security audit, malware scan, and penetration testing to determine your level of exposure and liability. Once assessed, we can harden your site against attack and provide continuous security monitoring.

We Create LIFT is a Northwest Florida brand creative studio and website designer in Fort Walton Beach / Destin, Florida.


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