At the very least, your site could be blacklisted by Google and you could lose the trust of your readers. On the other end of the spectrum, you could be at risk for some serious legal and financial troubles.
Cleaning up a website that has been hacked is a nightmare of recoding and rebuilding, which will cost you a great deal of time and money.
Protecting your WordPress site also makes sense from a legal standpoint. Remember, hackers always have an ulterior motive. They are trying to steal information, gain clicks to links, and promote their own agendas.
If your site becomes vulnerable to a hacker’s attack, you are suddenly a part of these illegal activities and could be held liable. Or, if privacy information, like customer payment information, is stolen from your site by hackers, then you as the website owner will be held liable. This could cost you thousands of dollars in penalties and legal fees.
It just takes a little bit of ‘know-how’ to put the correct settings, safeguards, and plugins into place. With a few basic concepts and settings, your site will be safe from anyone trying to do you harm.
These security skills will help you regardless of the type of WordPress site you run. It doesn’t matter if you have a WordPress site for your small business or simply a well-trafficked blog. Either way, learning about WordPress security is a smart and easy step to secure your website.
Injected code with viruses,
Stolen passwords and credit card numbers,
And much more.
Remember, whenever your site is infected with malware, Google will flag your site as “unsafe.” Then, they will show all future visitors a warning before navigating to your URL. As you can imagine, this will deal a serious blow to the trust your site visitors hold for your website. Not only that, you will no longer show up in Google searches and will be disqualified for Google Ads.
Just to give you an idea, in November of 2020, Google reported over 3 million warnings each week to website browsers. If your site ends up on this blacklist, it will cost you site visitors and money.
You can keep your site safe by taking action today to protect your WordPress site for the future
If you’re ready to take action and arm yourself against a WordPress hacker, then you’re probably wondering where to start. You’ll want to find a well-respected resource that can provide you with step-by-step instructions.
One of the best ways to make sure your site is secure is by working with a trained cyber security professional. This way, they can advise you on exactly what settings and plugins you’ll need for your site.
This can be expensive though.
Many cyber security professionals would charge thousands of dollars for their time just to consult on projects like this.