Hackers regularly test the defences of open source products such as WordPress to exploit weaknesses resulting from out of date software. A lot of site owners are oblivious to this and leave their websites wide open to abuse by not applying the necessary updates which are released every week.
What can go wrong?
Typical exploits include using your website as an email server to send out spam. Shared hosting environments are particularly vulnerable and hosting companies will quickly take down any websites that are hacked.
In addition to downtime of 1 – 3 days (particularly damaging for WooCommerce websites), the clean-up of this type of attack also costs money. When you factor in the potential online reputational damage – this can have a hugely negative effect on website trust, SEO and traffic.
We know of a company who left their site without updates for two years and completely exposed to hackers who gained access, cloned their site and used it in a financial services scam in Asia. The reputational damage of this oversight was huge and the company is still dealing with the consequences today.
How to protect your WordPress site
Regular WordPress core and plugin updates help prevent the site being compromised by closing down the vulnerabilities exploited by hackers.
The Whizz website has recently been re-designed by Sheer Digital, and as WordPress specialists, Sheer have identified there is a real need for an efficient and reliable WordPress maintenance service that will perform regular back-ups and updates to minimise the risk of the site being infiltrated by hackers.
The Sheer WP Maintain platform ensures updates are tested initially in a separate staging environment. Sometimes updates can cause problems with scripts and plugins elsewhere in the site, so testing each update in a staging environment first means that any issues are fixed prior to making them live.
The Sheer WP Maintain package is competitively priced and will give you complete peace of mind that your WordPress site is kept secure through regular updates. You can also be assured there will be no disruption to your website resulting from blindly applying updates without testing.
In addition, Sheer WP Maintain’s package offers weekly remote back-ups so you can restore your site at any time, along with server, malware and SSL certificate monitoring so you can be assured your website is always functioning correctly and a trusted source of content for your customers.
If you are interested to learn more about Sheer WP Maintain, please contact David Dawkins on 0207 193 9819 or sign up for immediate protection NOW!