I’m hearing about a lot of websites getting hacked lately, so it’s time to get supah serious about putting a security cape on your website and giving hackers virtual punches in the face.
So let’s step it up. Let’s turn your regular ol’ afternoon coffee into a boozy grasshopper (like I used to do in college before the most boring class ever).
The best website security tools to shut the door on hackers
Wordfence is one of the very best WordPress plugins and I recommend it all the time. Both the free and paid versions are excellent, although I encourage you to invest the $39/year for automated regular malware scans. Check out my video tutorial to get you started.
Among other features, you can configure it to notify you when people try to hack into your site. It’s like having someone there full-time to tell those hackers: Nice try, dumbass.
iThemes Security is a security superbomb. Also one of the very best WordPress plugins. Available free and for $80+/year.
My only issue with it — and one I encourage you to watch out for — is that it used to rewrite my .htaccess file and break my website. It once happened while I was in the middle of a Swedish forest on NYE with unreliable, slow-as-snails internet access. You can be sure I was freaking the hell out. Nonetheless, I may try it again soon because it’s stellar.
Sucuri is a paid service that detects, cleans up, and prevents malware (a.k.a. bad software that redirects your website visitors to porn sites). You’ll definitely want it if your site’s been compromised. $99+/year.
Worried your site might be infected? Run it through Sucuri’s free sitecheck. And if it gives you bad news, buy the service right away.
If you don’t have any security measures going yet, I recommend you get Wordfence or iThemes Security and install it on your website today. Also be sure to make your username and password both bulletproof (use 8 or more symbols, numbers, caps, and lowercase).
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