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Secure WordPress: What You Need To Know And Do

Secure WordPress

Secure WordPress: What You Need To Know And Do

5 Top Tips To Help Protect Your Restaurant WordPress Website

As per the data of WP White Security,

The number of WordPress websites hacked in the year 2012 was reported to be an astonishing 170,000. And there is a consistent increase in this figure every year.

Below are five useful tips, which can help restaurant owners protect their WordPress websites from cyber-attacks:

Tip#1: It is recommended that restaurant businesses using WordPress websites keep all their software, including Plugins, Themes and core WordPress, up-to-date.

Tip#2: Keep a complicated password, which is used solely for the WordPress website.

Tip#3: Make use of SSL encryption. Banks as well as social media websites such as Facebook utilise https:// SSL encryption.

Tip#4: Use WordPress Sucuri Scanner or WordPress WP Security Scan to regularly scan your website for malware.

Tip#5: Use Login LockDown. Additional details about this can be sourced from:WordPress Login Lockdown

Login LockDown

5 Tips To Protect Your Restaurant Website From Hackers

The Login LockDown plugin for WordPress has the ability to record the timestamp and IP address of every unsuccessful login attempt. When the number of attempts cross a certain number within a brief time period (same IP address range), the login function gets disabled for any request in that range.

This helps prevent the discovery of password by any hacker. By default, the plugin is set for a hour long lockout for IP blocks after three unsuccessful login attempts. The lockout happens when these failed attempts are made within a time frame of five minutes. You can modify this through the Options panel.

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San Diego: Local restaurant’s website hacked

Recently, there were reports that a restaurant chain’s website was hacked by a group of hackers in San Diego. This was the second local business to face such an attack by this particular group in two weeks.

According to Chris Simpson, Director, Center for Cyber Security, National University, in several incidents, attackers tend to go for what is termed as ‘low-hanging fruit’.

This essentially means that the group of hackers possibly searched for those websites, which had poor security. Often these websites have out-of-date software, which allows the hackers to gain access to a site’s database/files through the back door. It leaves the company feeling helpless, wondering what happened and what was the purpose behind the attack.

According to Dr. Murray Jennex, security expert, information systems, San Diego State University, this particular restaurant was possibly not the primary space for them.

He added that the hackers are probably just a group trying to establish their name in the hacking community of the area. Therefore, they are merely demonstrating that they have the ability to do cyber graffiti. It could also have been that the hacker was attempting to showcase something to attract an audience to visit the website and end up downloading some malware.



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Importance of maintaining your restaurant website – Software Updates

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Several thousand websites get hacked each day and these hacked websites have the ability to cause harm to the users. This is because they serve malicious software, gathering personal data or redirect visitors to websites they had no intention of visiting. Recovery from such a hack is usually a complex process and takes time.

Restaurants are reported to be the businesses most frequently targeted by cyber-attackers for data breach. Read more about this via the following link: Verizon Enterprise reports data breach investigations report

Restaurant website attacked by innumerable hack-injected scripts

The following case study can help restaurant businesses understand and appreciate the importance of protecting their websites at all times.

The webmaster of a restaurant website received a notification from Google (Webmaster Tools account). It was an alert that the website had undergone some changes owing to an attack by hackers.

Sam, the site’s webmaster observed the source code. She noticed several unfamiliar links carrying pharmaceutical drug names like “Cialis” and “Viagra” on the website. There were also several pages with Meta description tags carrying content like “Buy Valtrex in Florida”. Sam did not add any of these unfamiliar links.

Sam removed all this hacked content and she filed a request for reconsideration. The request got rejected. However, the message from Google advised her to check for unfamiliar scripts embedded in any of the PHP files along with alterations in the .htaccess file.

Typically, these files carry scripts, which are added by hackers. They end up modifying the website. Sam scanned all the .php files and she made a comparison with the original copies in the backup. She discovered that new content was added to the index.php, footer.php as well as functions.php. As the files were replaced with the original ones in the backup, there was no hacked content left on the website. Her second reconsideration request was accepted with a response notification that the website was now free from any hacked content.

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Hazards of a hacked website

When your business website gets hacked, whether it is related to the breach of customer/client information or download of malicious software on the user’s desktop. The brand image gets tarnished and in some cases, it can take months or even years for the brand’s trust and credibility to return. The resolution of this issue also requires significant amount of time and financial investment by the company.

How can you update the software of your WordPress based restaurant website?

If possible, you should avoid live installation for updating WordPress. This is because if there is any problem, it might be difficult for your users to access the website properly and some of the functions may not work correctly. Even worse, the whole website could encounter The White Screen of Death.

Below are some steps to help you manage an update for your website:

  1. A version of the website should be installed on a separate development environment on your server – (depending on your hosting provider, this task will not always be possible to do).
  2. Carry out a test on the development environment to ensure all functions are working properly (including cross browser checks)
  3. Perform the update for WordPress on that development environment.
  4. Perform any updates to WordPress core, theme and plugins on the development environment. (once updated, test everything including the plugins one by one)
  5. Fix to any software conflicts, which might have been caused the software updates.
  6. The live website server files and database dump need to be backed up.
  7. Combine all fixes with your live site files and update the website (live server).
  8. Before making the test site version live, ensure everything is still working correctly (perform cross browser and multi-device checks)
If the website software update procedure above sounds too complicated, Restaurant Marketing Agency can handle this essential monthly task for you.

Best to be safe than sorry…

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Free Social Media Management Dashboard For Restaurants

Social Media Management Dashboard

The self serve version of the dashboard is completely free to use. Simply create a free account via the blue button. Once logged in, restaurants are able to create posts and schedule them to publish to their social media accounts. The dashboard is an easy to use tool that allows centralised control of major social networks. The pro version provides clear statistics presented as a set of interactive graphs and charts. Content performance statistics include your most successful posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Additionally, you can find out which content performs the best and generates the most clicks. (Clicks can be broken down further to see which network provides the most and at which time and what day.) You can find out what your top #hashtags on Facebook versus Twitter. There are even powerful search tools, allowing the user to find curated content to publish, such as videos, topical news and trending content.

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Hacked Restaurant Websites: What You Need To Know And Do
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Hacked Restaurant Websites: What You Need To Know And Do
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