WordPress security is serious business and what you don’t know can actually hurt you! A hacked site can wreak havoc on your search engine rankings for weeks or more without you knowing about it. And, you can lose sales if your customer notices your hacked site before you do.
After I was notified that a visitor to one of my client’s websites had received a message from her anti-virus program about malware being on the site, I installed the Wordfence Security plugin in order to have the site scanned to see what was going on. I’m so glad I did – and I’ve since installed it on all the WordPress sites I manage! It’s easy to use, can prevent your site from being hacked, and provides information about troubleshooting if it finds something amiss. I get an email message when a user logs into the site, as well as when someone attempts to log in – like a hacker.
Wordfence Security is an enterprise class security plugin that is 100% free although a premium version is available.
It starts by checking if your site is already infected. When you run a scan, the source code is compared to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.
To learn more, visit the Wordfence website. It includes an informative, one-minute video, not to mention a map showing the plugin protecting WordPress sites in real-time.