Unfortunately in the world we live in there are some people out there who take great joy in damaging our websites – hackers!  There are a few things we can do though to help prevent this from happening.

The first and the most important thing to do is to make sure you keep your site up-to-date, this means once a month (or more often if possible) you need to update the plugins and WordPress files. I have created this video below to show you how easy it is to do.

The other things to do are to be very careful when using your e-mail on the internet; if your e-mail is associated with your site then this can also be a way of people gaining access to your site.

Make sure you have very strong passwords, there are websites in which you can create a password as opposed to using the one you use everywhere else. Here’s an example of one of these websites that many people find helpful; https://strongpasswordgenerator.com

I asked Jonathan who hosts most of my clients sites for his thoughts:

If you need professional help in either cleaning a hacked website or preventing it from being attacked in the first place, then this is something we can help you with. Although the cost is £200 + VAT per year, the subscription gives you the following cover:

· Unlimited site cleans during the 12 month subscription period
· Cloud Proxy Firewall to help prevent attacks
· Pro-active notifications concerning outdated software or infected files