Protect Your WordPress Website Against Failures, Malware, Problems (San Geronimo)

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There are tens of thousands of bots, bits of automated software, jumping from link to link throughout the internet, looking for websites into which they can inject malware.

How often does it happen? Out of perhaps 100 clients this year, it has happened to four people that I know of. Not only is it a big, embarrassing inconvenience to see your website suddenly redirecting to a porn site or otherwise acting up, it can be very expensive to repair. These viruses can infect literally hundreds of files, even destroying backups.

Out-of-date WordPress themes and plugins are a prime target.

When vulnerabilities are discovered, the authors of these themes and plugins typically issue new versions.

These things should be updated as soon as possible, to close the security holes.

If you'd like, I can install a well-regarded free plugin on your website called WordFence that sends emails when suspicious activities occur, or when things need to be updated.

It typically takes me 15 minutes or less to set up WordFence. I charge $2/minute, so the setup cost is generally less than $30.

I can configure it to email me instead of you. Plugin updates happen on average perhaps 4-8 times a month, and they usually take two or three minutes to manage. So, your cost for this maintenance is normally between $16 - $48 per month.

Every now and then, there are complications, such as a buggy version of an update, or a conflict between plugins. Should this happen, it does take longer. I would inform you before any lengthy/costly process is undertaken. These events are quite rare.

BTW, it is also possible to configure modern versions of WordPress to update these things automatically. The reason that's not recommended is that if there is a bug or a conflict, you won't know until an end user contacts you about the problem, which often doesn't happen until days or even months later.

I'm Jeff Napier, website developer since 1995. As of this writing, I'm doing these updates for 17 clients (21 websites) for more than two years, and it has been working well for everyone. No one has had a malware attack.

Send me an email, or text or phone me at (805) 843-5353. I'll answer any questions you may have, and start your malware defense.

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