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The best way to ensure your website remains safe is to follow a few simple steps:

  1. Use strong passwords for all user accounts.
  2. Take backups of your WordPress website.
  3. Update your WordPress installation, themes and plugins (though we do recommend testing updates on a localhost installation or on a staging site first). And if theme or plugin you’re currently using hasn’t been updated in the last couple years you might want to consider switching to a new one.
  4. Don’t install illegal downloads of premium themes and plugins, which almost always include malicious code (virus, spam, hacker backdoor, etc).
  5. Only use plugins and themes from trustworthy websites. We don’t recommend downloading from forums or third party sharing sites (torrents). If you aren’t sure of a website’s trustworthiness check customer reviews, item ratings and social accounts.

If you don’t want to worry about your web security we suggest choosing a good managed hosting plan that includes daily backups, firewalls and malware scanning to keep your server safe. And if you want to add an extra layer, consider a security plugin such as iThemes Security or Wordfence.

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