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Your website security is very important. You don’t want your site to get hacked or damaged by malware. But you might be wondering: Is my site actually big enough that anyone wants to target it? Or maybe you don’t know where to start securing your website. We’re here to help you out. In this post, we’ll go over what you need to secure your website. So read on!  

Hackers and malware, oh my!

You might already be familiar with these terms. But just in case you aren’t, we’ll go over the two biggest threats to your website. First, what is a hacker? A hacker is someone who tries to break into computer systems. There’s many reasons why people do this: to steal or destroy your data, to disrupt services, etc. None of which are good for your business or website.

A hacker can also install malware onto your computer. Malware is any intrusive software developed to steal data and damage or destroy computers. But it’s not just hackers who can give your website malware. You can get it by clicking or downloading any attachments or files from a spammy website. And the worst part? You may not even know that files have been attached to your website until it’s too late.

Outdated plugins are dangerous too

There’s another risk that you have to pay attention to: outdated plugins. Many websites have installed plugins to help run their businesses. They can be a quick and easy way to add features to your website, especially if you don’t know code. 

Unfortunately, hackers scan these plugins to find weaknesses that they can exploit. A reputable plugin creator will send out patches that fix any weaknesses that are found, so keep an eye out for updates! Keeping everything up to date will keep your website secure.

Protecting your website

Now that we’ve discussed the biggest threats, it’s time to look at solutions. Luckily, it’s fairly simple: Get a security program on your computer! Because it’s always better to prevent than to fix. However, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if your website does get malware. Just like technology is getting better and smarter, so is malware. That’s why it’s important to keep your security program up to date, so make sure your program regularly scans and removes any malware they find on your site. 

What if your site goes down?

Alright, worst case scenario: Something does happen to your website and it goes down. What’s most important is that you keep the down time to a minimum. However, this can be a hassle when you don’t know what the issue is, or how to fix it. And the longer your site is down, the more it could damage your reputation. To save yourself and your website, it’s good to have a backup plan for important files, databases, and websites. Having automatic backups to pull from will help you get your website back up and running in no time! 

Protect your business with SiteLock

Now you might be thinking: It’s too dangerous to have a website! But we’re not telling you about website security to scare you off. Instead, we want to prepare you for any possible dangers so you can prevent them. And the easiest way to protect your business is by investing in a great security system, such as SiteLock.

With SiteLock you have a leading expert that will help keep your website safe from attacks. They scan your site to check for malware, viruses, and other cyber threats, and alert you if there are any issues. SiteLock also looks for any vulnerabilities in plugins, and provides patches to help you secure your website. 

A one-click backup solution

What if SiteLock does find malware? Easy! It’ll automatically remove the malicious content from your website. In other words: There’s no hassle for you. Because SiteLock can help you backup, monitor, and recover all of your website files from anywhere. They have a single one-click automatic website backup solution that will help get your website back up and running.

Protect your website and business

As we said, preventing is better than fixing. But you still need to come up with a plan for when your site does get attacked. If you invest in a great security system for your site, you’ll be able to both prevent and fix any issues that might arise.

Luckily, you can easily add SiteLock to your website with Bluehost! We have three popular plans that will fit your needs and protect your website and customer information. Once applied to your website, you can start protecting your site and your visitors.

  • Devin Sears

    Devin is a Senior Event Marketing Manager for the Bluehost brand. He is our brand steward for all things Bluehost and WordPress. You'll always see him supporting Bluehost at WordCamps around the world!

    Brigham Young University
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    Social Media, Customer Experience, Field Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Coordinator
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