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Your Website Is Under Attack. Fight Back.

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One of the scariest crimes in America is identity theft. In most cases you don’t even know you’re a victim until your bank calls you and shuts down your credit card. Did you know your website is under attack EVERY…SINGLE…DAY? No website is immune to this cyber threat. If you’re not prepared you could lose access to your website, your data could be skewed and if you take zero action you could be blacklisted on major search engines like Google. Today we’re going to talk about some tools to put space between your brand and the cyber threats out there.

How To Know If Your Website Is Under Attack

If you don’t have Google Analytics installed on your website do so now. It’s a must for tracking and analyzing data. It’ll also give you a heads up on traffic that is potentially harming your website.

STEP 1:  

Sign into your Google Analytics Account and select “Acquisition” and pick “Referrals.”

Google Analytics - Dashboard 1STEP 2:

Take a look at the referrals. If you don’t recognize the URL   odds are it’s a bot attacking your site. If your site has been around for a long time or you’re just unsure about the Source URL — copy it and do a Google Search. We’ve highlighted the most popular bots out there that attack our clients.

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Spam Bots
Here’s the thing. You will have URL’s that you do NOT know. Every website does. Going through these steps just proves it. But now you need to up your security.

3 Ways To Secure Your Website

1. Limit Your Login Password Access

The fewer people who have access to your website, the better. Here’s why — let’s pretend you shared your web password with a co-worker and they decided to go home and take the initiative and work on your website. Maybe they’re posting a blog or updating an image. Who knows. But they mean well. However, you can’t be 100% certain their computer connection is secure.

If this person has your super admin password and was to log in and THEY are under attack it could trickle down to you. The best way to avoid this is to have a tight lockdown on access to your website.

2. Have A Backup System in Place

You’re spending all this time building a website and posting content online, don’t forget all of that lives online. If your website were to get hacked you could lose everything. So as a safety measure back up your website regularly.

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There’s an old rule of thumb — if your data isn’t backed up in 3 different spots then it’s not actually backed up.

STEP 1:  

Download  BackWUp. From there follow their steps, it’s simple to use and backup your website.

After it’s installed, look on your dashboard and select “Add New Job”

WpUp- Dashboard

From here you can play with the settings or use the ones we use:

WpUp Dash 2

After you’re happy with the settings go back to the dashboard and select Jobs, find the job you created and run it.

Run Backup

STEP 2:  

Download that copy to an external hard drive.

STEP 3:  

Save that website on the cloud. We recommend Dropbox because it’s easy to setup and use. And after you download the plugin above there is a simple option to make that happen.

WpDuv - Dash 3

If you go with the DropBox Options scroll back to the top and you will see a tab for Dropbox – select it:

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Web Backup Drop Box

Fill out the info in the boxes. It’s super easy. Just pick one of the buttons and it will direct you to DropBox. You will need a DropBox account for this. It’s FREE to setup.

WebBack Up - Drop Box

3. Optimize Your Website

Web hackers and bots are like wolves. They will attack the weakest one in the group. They are looking for faults in your website. When they find enough they will keep hitting your website until it crashes and / or they have access to it.

Ask yourself have you optimized your images? Your meta tags? Your pages? As tedious as it is you need to be SEO friendly. It helps to defend against these attacks.

-Treehouse 51

PS. If you need help setting up a backup and optimizing your website — we do that. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve to give you that extra layer of protection. In this day in age, protecting your website should be at the top of your to-do list. It’s an urgent matter business owners often overlook. Don’t be a victim. Take steps to secure your website. Email: www.Treehouse51.com for more information.