Website security is possibly today’s most overlooked aspect of running and maintaining a website, and should be a priority in any organization. You may not think your site has anything worth being hacked for, but websites are compromised all the time.  The majority of website security breaches are not to steal your data or deface your website, but instead attempts to use your server as an email relay for spam, or to setup a temporary web server, normally to serve files of an illegal nature.

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Firepoint Media utilizes “best practices” for securing a website when we build it, and we use the best security protection for WordPress websites that is available. That being said, it important to note that security in the online world is ever changing and you must stay in tune with what is going on. Sites must be constantly monitored and updated to remain secure. After the successful launch of your website, we strongly suggest you choose to have us involved with helping you maintain the integrity of your site by proactively protecting it by doing regular maintenance and security updates.

Keeping a website secure is a responsibility that will never go away.

Clients have raised concerns about WordPress and whether it is the most secure website management system option. First, it’s important to understand that software vulnerabilities are discovered and reported in any type of software on a daily basis around the world. According to the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database (CVE), in 2013 7,393 vulnerabilities were reported. That averages to around 20 vulnerabilities a day. Vulnerabilities were reported in Apache web server, Drupal, Joomla and several other web and non-web based software.

WordPress has 64 million installations and counting.

WordPress is easily the most popular and easy to use content management system in the world. But many WordPress website owners maintain their own sites, and so must be responsible for their own security, maintain strong passwords, and keep plugins and themes up to date, as well as WordPress itself. If you don’t take care of these tasks, you are making your site vulnerable. WordPress sites are vulnerable to hacker attacks simply because they run an old and vulnerable software. Therefore the problem is not WordPress as such, but the owners of the sites.

Looking at the evidence, it’s time to put the debate to rest.

The WordPress team has done an amazing job to ensure the security of WordPress, and will continue to do so as the platform continues to grow. Because of this WordPress will continue to dominate the website world market for years to come. Maintaining security for any business is an on-going process, and constant vigilance is essential. Almost all the software you use might be vulnerable to a specific vulnerability some time or the other. For example, check which version of Microsoft Explorer you have installed on your computer, if it’s not Explorer 11 (as of Jan 2015) then you are using an internet browser that has been shown to have a vulnerability that allows for remote code to be launched on your computer (read more). Therefore it is important to always run the latest version of the software you are using and to always install the latest security patches to ensure you run non vulnerable software.

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