Is your online security at risk?

Is your online security at risk?

SEO in Australia is something in which many business find themselves stressing over keywords and social networks, but take shortcuts that make themselves vulnerable and open. Therefore I hope to share with you a few tips and tricks I have actually picked up to help you as a small business in Australia so as to make sure you are not compromising your security. The majority of these tips are centred on WordPress simply because it is the most commonly used platform, and there are many really uncomplicated ways that help make it more protected.

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There is a surprisingly large number of people that come to us because their WordPress site has been hacked. It can differ from some terrible things such as having data and information stolen, to even getting some malicious sites set up advertisements that you don’t want.

So my first item of advice refers to passwords. Too many people do not have a strong enough password because they either use the same one for everything, or it is something really simple. Do not use your date of birth, your dogs name, or your email name. you want letters, numbers and symbols. It may be annoying to recall but there are clever ways to think about this. One that I have seen used really well is to pick something easy to recall, such as a date, but spell it out. For example, if your business was opened up on the 23rd of January, perhaps think about a password that is twenty3JAN– it is still easy to remember, but far more challenging to guess. Same rules concern your username– please do not have it set as ‘admin’.

Next, I want you to make sure you consider security plug-ins. These are really necessary and really easy to get access to in WordPress. I would recommend that you search for these ones– I have used one myself for ages, and I have had customers that love the other two.

  • Bulletproof security.
  • WordFence.
  • Exploit Scanner.

My final piece of security advice for you is to avoid free themes and invest in something with greater security. Most companies that have security issues have just chosen a pretty, free theme that is simple but has far too many areas that can be abused. Don’t get me wrong, lots of themes are secure enough to use, but it isn’t always the case, so I tell people to simply invest $20 and get a respectable one which is known for security. I would suggest taking a look at www.envato.com they have some brilliant themes, and even have some premium themes free of charge as part of their monthly specials.

That’s all I have to say, just 3 quick, straightforward pieces of advice that you can implement this very day if you want to save yourself pain and suffering down the track. Update your password, get a security plug-in, and invest in a good theme. Your SEO campaign is not going to do you any good if your web site is open to security threats and no one relies on you anymore. If you have any security concerns at the moment, or you want to learn more about what else you can do with SEO feel free to contact us here on 1300 477 310 or visit, www.slingshotinternetmarketing.com.au

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