Fırst, we will make sure your site hasn’t been unknowingly compromised by malware or another kind of hacking attempt.
That is not to say that you or anyone else has been sloppy with your site maintenance. However, WordPress is increasingly becoming a target for hackers so an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
To run checkups for malicious software on your site, you can use the following plugins and services:
Should (god forbid!) you find malware on your site, don’t panic, just get on the phone to us immediately and we can take care of it. However, if you adhere to basic security measures, chances are good that there is no problem.
After the scan, it’s time to change your password. Yes, I know it’s a bit annoying to remember a new login but it is also one of the easiest ways to keep hackers out of your site.
To change your password, log into your site and in the top right corner click on your use name and then click on “Edit My Profile”.
Use the built in password generator and the WordPress system will automatically generate you a secure multi character password. Make sure you save your password. We use and highly recommend LastPass password management software.
Should you have a lot of people with admin privileges on your site, it might also be a good idea to force all of them to change their passwords, just to be safe. A plugin like WP Password Policy Manager can help you do so.
Finally, consider increasing your entire site security with a plugin solution like WordFence, iThemes Security or All In One WP Security. At the very least install Login Lockdown to protect yourself from brute force attacks.
If you are unsure of any of the above just give us a call on 07 3325 0505 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take care of it all for you.