28 Nov 7 Tips To Keep Your Realtor® WordPress Website Safe From Hackers
Your WordPress website on the web is like your store in real life. You would lock your office and change the keys as soon as you suspect that someone has made a copy of your keys, right? How can you ensure the safety of your WordPress website as a Realtor®? Well, modern-day sites are always at risk, given the overwhelming population of malevolent hackers lurking on the web and preying upon unprotected websites.
A hacked website leads to a great deal of trouble and a severe loss of corporate integrity. Your visitors see a security warning from Google, and you also suffer from a decline in search engine ranking. You can lose out on potential clients as they will head to the websites of your competitors. Thankfully, there are many ways to make sure your WordPress website remains safe from the attack of hackers. Here are 7 of them.
1. Make sure that your version of WordPress is current
Many Realtors® forget to update the WordPress version when it arrives. They think it is of no importance as their website is working fine and receiving visitors in large numbers. Most of the updates are essential from a security point of view. It is advisable to update your WordPress website as soon as you receive an email saying that a new version of WordPress is available. You can save your skin by just following this simple step, as any vulnerability in the version has been taken care of by the company itself.
2. Get rid of themes you have not used for a long time
WordPress is famous for its amazing themes, and most Realtors® keep changing the theme of their website to change the look and feel of the site. They discard a theme that they do not like and move on to the next item, as WordPress has a lot of them on its websites. It is better to discard the themes that you have used and not liked them as they can be a source of getting inside your site. Make sure you are keeping on the theme that is currently in use to be safe from hackers.
3. Your plugins should always be up to date
It is common for Realtors® to make use of plugins for their website created by third parties. These plugins are loved by Realtors® as they make the site more functional and interactive for the visitors. A WordPress site looks complete when it is full of these plugins. If you are not using a plugin anymore, it is better to discard it as it is an open invitation for hackers. Also, use only plugins that are fresh and just off the shelf rather than old ones.
4. Make a backup copy of your website frequently
Very few Realtors® take pains to make a backup of their websites, believing their job is done once they install the latest updates introduced by WordPress. However, updates are made available only once in a while when hackers are always active on the internet. Therefore, you need to create a backup of your website frequently. Creating a backup is as easy as a few clicks of your mouse, and there are many plugins available to help you in this endeavour. If you have a backup copy, you can quickly restore your website if it is hacked by hackers so that you do not suffer any loss of business.
5. Get a security plugin for your website
If you have a WordPress website made for you by your developer, do not forget to ask the Realtors® to recommend suitable security plugins. These plugins keep your website safe and secure. There are many kinds of security plugins available online, and some of them are free to use. You can opt for a paid version later on as it offers many more features. Security plugin allows you to block access to your website by someone who is attempting to log in several times.
6. Do not use weak passwords and usernames
Weak passwords and usernames is a mistake committed by many Realtors®. Hackers can easily get access to your website if you choose an insecure password. Get a username and password that is unique and not easily decoded. There are tools available on the net that allow you to create strong and complex passwords. You can store such passwords if they are hard to remember, but they will surely help in keeping your WordPress website secure.
7. Make use of CAPTCHA on your website
WordPress is an open-source platform. It means you are likely to receive not only spam but also unusual comments from strangers. To prevent these things from happening, you should install CAPTCHA on your website. It will make sure that only human begins are filling up forms on the site.
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