Ever had that eerie feeling while swimming in the ocean? As you gaze down through the opaque blackness of the water, you wonder just what lies beneath waiting to sting you, hook you, pinch you, or eat you? You’ve been riding waves for hours and just never stopped to think about it. Now you find yourself wanting to sprint towards the safety of shore.
Website security can evoke that same feeling. If you dig just beneath the surface there are schools of hungry hackers and spammers just waiting for right time & opportunity to take a bite. Not to mention when you have a content management system (CMS), like WordPress, with months, maybe years, of data that would seemingly cripple your company if it were to be lost.
But, as with most things in life, you should not allow fear to dictate your plan of action. Many find themselves not knowing much about security, so they sign up for the most robust security plugin they can find. It’s grand. It promises protection from hackers, DB backup, MySQL injection protection, htaccess security, protection from directory breaches, and TONS of other words that you probably have NO idea about. However, what you may not know is that these plugins have a line-up of features that you don’t necessarily need and they come in a very bloated package. Even some of the most popular security plugins are very hefty and will quickly weigh down your WordPress site, slowing your load times significantly. Load times greatly affect SEO and user experience; if your site loads too slowly, guess what? Google or Bing can overlook your website and your ranking can drop in the blink of an eye. In addition, the plugin provider can decide to STOP supporting the plugin at any time. Along with the next update of the WordPress’ framework, this can break your site all together without you even knowing it and put you back to square one, or even worse. These total-solution security plugins can be overkill and drag your site down in many other ways… making your security way too big for your breaches!
The best way to secure your site is have a professional manually check all vulnerabilities and implement concise changes. You wouldn’t replace the entire engine in your car just because of a broken headlight, would you? Running site security the right way may include patching server or network vulnerabilities, adjusting file permissions, securing directories via htaccess, admin obscurity, IP tracking and lockouts, database security, a monitoring / maintenance plan, and much more. When done right, your site will see ZERO increase in load times and there will be ZERO chance of a security plugin, written by someone else, breaking your site in the future.
We hope this helps you in any future quest to secure your website. A company’s online presence has never been more important than it is today and ongoing site security, done the right way, should be an crucial part of that.