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That is, unless you‘ve already got the proper website protection and security in place. If you don‘t, then this report could make a huge difference to your online future. You opened up this report for a reason and I want to urge you very strongly to not only read it right now, but to take immediate action and protect your site TODAY. Click Here To Get Free Instant Access For 4 Traffic Generation Videos And don‘t procrastinate! ―Naw, that‘s never going to happen to ME.‖ Introduction

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    How To Secure Your WordPress Website

    Introduction

    Website security is a bit like health insurance you never really worry about it until you absolutely,

    positively need it and its just too darn late to get it. You may think,

    Naw, thats never going to happen to ME.

    Well, better think again!

    Every day, hosting servers get fried, hackers break into accounts, websites mysteriously disappear,

    and whole businesses are completely lost.

    Scared yet?

    You should be.

    That is, unless youve already got the proper website protection and security in place. If you dont,

    then this report could make a huge difference to your online future.

    There is no time like right now to get your website completely secure and protected from unwanted

    attacks, hackers, and other unexpected disasters.

    In this article, were going to be specifically talking about websites and blogs set up using the

    WordPress platform.

    There are a lot of great tools available for WordPress that make it easier than ever to automate your

    website backups and protection.

    Keep reading for tips on backing up your website, using plugins to protect against spam, scouring

    your site files for signs of hacking, and actions to take when your sites ARE hacked.

    And dont procrastinate!

    You opened up this report for a reason and I want to urge you very strongly to not only read it right

    now, but to take immediate action and protect your site TODAY.

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    If you dont, you may regret it, and probably sooner rather than later.

    So lets get started!

    Why You Must Protect Your WordPress Website

    Are you aware that your website is hosted on a computer? Yes, the term server is just a fancy term

    for a PC sitting in an office building or warehouse somewhere.

    Most people dont realize that the internet is not quite as virtual as it seems.

    It may feel like its out there in cyberspace, but your website is actually a bunch of files on a computer

    sitting somewhere in a completely physical building.

    You already know that computers can have technical difficulties, as youve probably suffered through

    multiple episodes of trouble with your own computer.

    And so your hosting server, which is also a computer, can run into trouble too. It can get overloaded

    and go bust, or it can get hacked.

    Sometimes it blurps and needs to be rebooted. Any of these things can shut it down for a short or

    even a long period of time.

    Many people assume that it is the responsibility of their hosting company to keep their website safe.

    That is just not the case and Im sure if you go right now and scour the hosting agreement you

    signed, you will see that the responsibility of protecting your website and your business rests entirely

    with you.

    We are going to get into the how of it very shortly, but lets start by talking about the why.

    Why should you protect your website against hackers and other unexpected issues?

    The obvious answer is that you dont want to lose all the hard work youve put into building your

    website and your business.

    Trust me, this happens for real.

    I belong to a mastermind group of very smart women entrepreneurs.

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    Just recently, I got to witness firsthand how being unprepared for problems and having holes in your

    security set-up can have devastating consequences.

    Many women in my network lost weeks of work and whole websites when their hosting server

    unexpectedly went down for just 24 hours! There were technical problems that the host couldnt fix.

    At first, some ladies were very angry that their host let this kind of thing happen, but then, they slowly

    came to realize that they really should have had their own security measures in place.

    Here are just a few of the ways your website can become compromised:

    Website hosting issues

    Hackers add code or take down your site

    Malicious employee or contractor messes with your site

    An upgrade creates errors and takes down your site

    Website mysteriously disappears without reason (True story this happened to a client of mine!)

    I would say any one of those possibilities is a good reason for taking action.

    Is WordPress Weak and Vulnerable to Attacks?

    Some people argue that WordPress isnt the best platform for security because it is open source

    (free), which means that hackers can easily access the software to find holes in its security.

    I disagree completely with this reasoning.

    Yes, WordPress is free and hackers have easy access to it, but who are we kidding?

    Hackers love a challenge and they can just as easily download pirated copies of ANY website design

    software they want.

    The fact that WordPress is a free, open platform makes it actually more secure.

    The reason can be summed up by the following quote:

    None of us is as smart as all of us ~ Ken Blanchard

    Most website software programs are designed by ONE company with a limited number of employees.

    Yes, WordPress has one creator as well, but the community that works on the program to various

    degrees is massive.

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    Thousands of people are involved in doing things like updating the software, creating plugins and

    making easy-to-use templates. Its a huge community effort.

    This means that as soon as there is a problem, someone finds it almost immediately. And when they

    do, the creators of WordPress work hard and fast to solve the issue, and each time, they also release

    a brand new Security Update.

    Just compare that dedication to other companies whose updates are much less frequent, and whose

    community is much, much smaller, and youll see the advantage and value of WordPress.

    Common Problems That Can Take Down a Website

    Its time to dig into the gory details of what can happen to your website. Here are the most common

    problems that can either take your site down completely or cause problems that youd rather avoid.

    Problem #1: Hacked Website

    Getting your website hacked is definitely the most feared of all potential website issues. You dont

    want someone inside your site messing around and breaking things.

    Its a lot like having someone break into your house, take stuff, break stuff or just completely destroy

    the place.

    A hacker can do any number of things to your website, including the following:

    Add unwanted links that you cant see.

    Add unwanted links that you can see.

    Add viruses that attack your visitors computers.

    Delete your site completely (and even replace it with a nice Youve been hacked by XXX message

    complete with a skull and cross bones image).

    Delete website files.

    Take control of your site and lock you out.

    Problem #2: Hosting Company Issues

    As mentioned before, every website is hosted on a computer. And we all know that a computer, as a

    piece of man-made technology, can sometimes go bad.

    Please dont make the mistake of totally relying on your hosting company to protect your site and

    expect that theyll never have any technical issues.

    The vulnerable part of your hosting company is the server where they host your website. It could

    crash, get hacked or even be required to shut down. My hosting company recently had to deal with

    the latter.

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    They were required by the city to shut off their servers for about eight hours. As you can imagine, that

    was a huge inconvenience and potential loss of revenue for many website owners.

    But at least, the hosting company knew it was coming, and once they were able to turn their servers

    back on, things went back to normal.

    However, if a company has an unexpected server problem, the damage could get much more

    unpredictable and longer-lasting.

    You could end up losing valuable data or even your whole website if you dont have a recent backup.

    Its not uncommon for a server to catch fire, either. This could happen for various reasons, but as far

    as youre concerned, its once again an unexpected issue that can lead to total disaster if youre

    unprepared.

    If youre prepared, however, it may be just an inconvenience. Youre in charge of which it will be,

    starting right now.

    Other potential hosting issues include poor customer service. Your needs may outgrow their

    capabilities, or they may be not providing the kind of quality you expect.

    Its a good idea to have your backups ready and handy so that you can make a quick switch of hosts,

    should the need arise.

    Problem #3: Someone or Something Messes Up Your Website

    It could be you, or it could be your webmaster, but its also quite possible that your website could get

    inadvertently messed up while youre adding a plugin, upgrading a theme, or updating to the latest

    version of WordPress.

    If youre not prepared, you could lose your whole website.

    Important Note: You should always back up your site before doing any kind of updates!

    Problem #4: A Disgruntled or Clumsy Employee

    This may not be an obvious issue, but it can be a real threat.

    Whether you work wi