Website Security & Risk Management PlanWebsite Security is more than a security plugin and a strong password. It’s a Process. Early Detection. Prevention. Protect. Performance. Monitor. Response. It’s Continuous Risk Management. We Remove the Stress of Protecting Your Website and your Business.
PROTECT. OPTIMIZE. THRIVE.
We created our Website Security & Maintenance Plan to protect our clients’ sites from getting hacked.
While we succeed in this (and still to this day have a 100% success rate of no hacks once on the plan) we found out there was another need for our clients once a site went live…maintenance and optimization.
Once a website is live, it’s not only important to protect it from malware and hackers that can take your site down and destroy your Google rankings but it’s also important to keep the tools in the site up-to-date and to make sure the site as a whole is running quickly and efficiently.
Our monthly plan includes all that and more. Month-to-month, we work hard to protect, update, maintain, and back-up your website.
How We Help Our Clients
- We Protect your WordPress website from hackers, malware, and ransom attacks
- We Decrease the amount of time you must spend preventing and responding to cyber attacks
- We Decrease the risk of any data being stolen and data breaches
- We Eliminate any business disruptions that can result from cyber attacks
- We Minimize financial loss that can occur from ransom attacks, legal fees, lawsuits, fines, and downtime.
- We Augment your existing staff with deep IT security technical expertise with little to no WordPress expertise.
- We Decrease the stress that comes with worrying if the site is fully protected and working through any day-to-day issues and complexity
- We Improve website performance, traffic, and SEO
Actions We Take
Our Website Security & Risk Management Plan covers 4 main areas
1) PROTECT, SECURE & SCAN
We Protect, Secure & Scan your site daily to ensure against malware. We protect your website against malicious code and prevent website hacking with our Firewall Protection. A firewall stops hackers, bad bots, spam, and Brute Force Attacks; unauthorized username and password cracking to prevent site abuse. We implement an SSL certificate to protect against hacker decryption during visits. SSL has a huge influence on search engine ranking. Google ranks websites with SSL higher than those without.
2) MONITOR, UPDATE & OPTIMIZE
We continuously monitor and remove any signs of malware. Software Updates protect your website from intrusions. Optimizing cleans the site and helps it run smoothly and quickly. Performance matters to search engines and improves website ranking. We also Manage Users.
3) WEBSITE BACKUP
Regular backup of website and databases for Quick Restore and Recovery.
4) MONTHLY REPORTS
We work hard each month continually updating, managing, and protecting your site from evil hackers and spam. We report on brute force login attempts and what’s been blocked. Malware scans and vulnerabilities. Page Speed Performance; important for ranking. Website Uptime. Software updates.
Our mission …
Fighting Cyber Crime One Website At A Time!
Rest Easy Knowing Your Site is Safe.
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We now provide up to 1 hour of image and text edits each month!
No Meter Running
We are not going to charge you for every question and issue. No meter running. No need to make an investment decision on a daily or case-by-case basis.
Our customer service is better than other providers – you have a human to talk to.
Hit-the-Web Marketing and Carol Scalzo have been working with us for the past few years. Initially, Carol designed and implemented our website, then redid it this year (2015]) Recently, Carol has been working with us to help create “traffic” to our website by using strategies such as blogging, social media marketing – social media linking between our website and social media platforms such as twitter, facebook, and LinkedIn. We have noticed an increase in website traffic. We have always found Carol to be very professional and responsive to our requests. We highly recommend her and Hit-The-Web Marketing for website designs and social media marketing.
Why WordPress Sites Get Hacked
It is not just WordPress. All websites on the internet are vulnerable to hacking attempts.
WordPress sites are a common target because WordPress is the world’s most popular website builder. It powers over 90% of all websites; that is hundreds of millions of websites across the globe.
How is Your Business Affected If Your Website Gets Hacked?
Once a website is hacked, most visitors will be given warnings that a site contains malware. Would you return to a site once you’ve seen a malware notification?
Social Media is Affected
Your social media that has links back to your website are affected. It displays malware and Posting to your social media is not allowed until you rectify the problem.
Search Engine Ranking
Search engine ranking drops. It’s difficult to say just how much.
email Links to Your Website
email marketing is one of the best ways to communicate to past, current and future customers. If you send out a campaign after your website is hacked, recipients will receive warnings before they click the link to your website.
Security Policy Holes
Bad security policies, such as allowing users to create weak passwords, giving admin access too freely, and not enabling HTTPS on your site can have negative consequences. To better protect your site, Google recommends making sure you have the highest security controls configured, that user access and privileges are properly managed, that logs are checked, and that encryption is used.
Not Updating Version of WordPress
Each new version of WordPress fixes bugs and security vulnerabilities. If you’re not updating WordPress, then you are intentionally leaving your site vulnerable. As of April 2019 the most recent version of WordPress is 5.1.1.
Insecure Plugins and Theme
In addition to making sure your plugins and themes are patched, be sure to remove themes or plugins that are no longer maintained by their developers. Also, be careful when using free plugins, or ones that may only be available through an unfamiliar website. It’s a common tactic for attackers to add malicious code to free versions of paid plugins or themes. When removing a plugin, make sure to remove all its files from your server rather than simply disabling.
Using Weak Passwords
You need to make sure that you’re using a strong unique password to login to the backend of your website, to your hosting company, FTP accounts. And, although it makes it more difficult to remember, different passwords for your accounts is more imperative in today’s world than ever.
Hosting Security Holes
DHS identifies 84,000 critical infrastructure sites that are directly connected to the internet.
Malware & Scams to Watch
At the end of May 2018, officials warned about a Russian hacking campaign that impacts more than 500,000 routers worldwide. The attack spreads a type of malware, known as VPNFilter, which can be used to coordinate the infected devices to create a massive botnet. But it can also directly spy on and manipulate web activity on the compromised routers. These capabilities can be used for diverse purposes, from launching network manipulation or spam campaigns to stealing data and crafting targeted, localized attacks.
Password Stealing Malware
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI said that North Korean hackers, code-name ‘Hidden Cobra’, have been using both Joanap, a remote access tool (RAT), and Brambul, a Server Message Blockworm, since at least 2009 to target companies working in the media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors.
A sophisticated hacking group is sending phishing emails to people all over the world. The emails contain malicious links that will infect the victim’s gadget with trojan malware. Believed to be from China. If infected with this malware, the attackers are able to steal victims’ credentials by logging keystrokes from their device. It can also give attackers remote access to compromised gadgets.
What is Your Counter Attack for eMail Phishing Scams?
Here’s a few ways to counter attack these scum bag scam artists.
- Do not follow web links in unsolicited email messages.
- Set up two-factor authentication
- Use unique passwords for multiple sites
- Use strong anti-virus software on all devices
- Backup your critical files.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES HTWM WEBSITE SECURITY & MAINTENANCE PLAN WORK?
Once you’ve selected the plan that’s right for you, a message is sent to Maintenance Crew of Hit-the-Web Marketing.
Within 24 hours you will receive a welcoming call. At this time, we will ask for your website login so we can go in, set up the maintenance features we offer in the plan. Each month we automatically go in and perform maintenance for you.
You can set back, rest assured that your website is backed up, WordPress version is up-to-date, the firewall is keeping out hackers and viruses, and the plugins are updated and checked on to ensure they are functioning properly.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE Hit-the-Web Marketing WEBSITE SECURITY & MAINTENANCE PLAN?
This is a low-cost insurance that your website investment is protected.
ARE THERE ANY SET UP OR CANCELLATION FEES?
No. There are no setup costs. There are no cancellation fees. And the door is always open if you leave and decide to come back to the plan.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I PASS ON YOUR PLAN?
If you decide to decline our maintenance plan, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Here are the top reasons I recommend you make sure your website is maintained:
- The site will not be optimized which leads to poor performance, slow loading times and a gradual loss of Google SEO rankings.
- The site’s tools, plugins, themes and WordPress itself will quickly go out of date which is the #1 leading cause of website hacks. It’s incredibly important to keep ALL your website tools and plugins up-to-date.
- You’ll have no backups or restore points so if the site gets hacked or breached, you could lose all your content, pages and Google ranking.
- You won’t get a monthly report overviewing your site traffic, page views, etc.
- Most importantly, you won’t have us as your trusted webmaster to assist you with quick updates, tweaks, website issues. Often you’ll have to try getting a hold of your hosting company for any assistance.
DOES MY MONTHLY UPDATE TIME ROLL OVER?
Sorry, no ghost rider. The retainer of hourly updates is just covered for that month.
WHAT IF MY SITE GETS HACKED WHILE ON THE PLAN?
If your site gets compromised while you’re on the plan – we’ll take care of cleaning the site and getting everything squared away with Google at no extra cost to you. But have no fear; to date – we’ve had ZERO hacks or breaches with any sites on our maintenance plan.
WHAT IF I HAVE UPDATES THAT REQUIRE MORE THAN 1 HOUR?
We’ll always try to get your updates done within 1 hour to save you some extra cost but if you have a decent amount of updates that will require more hours, we’ll give you an estimate of time and do that at our hourly rate.
WHAT IF I PASS ON THE PLAN AND MY SITE GETS HACKED?
We can take care of getting the site cleaned for an initial cleanup fee of $350 then we can immediately get your site on our monthly plan to make sure it remains clean and protected from hacks.
HOW FAST DO YOU GET TO THE MONTHLY UPDATES?
We’re pretty darn quick around these parts. We try to get to peform updates within 24-48 hours. As a monthly client, you always get top priority compared to clients who aren’t on the plan.
CAN'T I MAKE THE SOFTWARE UPDATES MYSELF?
Making software updates is best left to a person with a WordPress technical background. Updating the software we have run into problems where the software may not update properly or completely. We have had to recreate the website from backup. Are you experienced at this type of technical process?
Additionally, we get daily notifications from our sources letting us know if WordPress, a theme or a plugin has become vulnerable to attack. We know when and how to eliminate and replace vulnerable files.
Hit-the-Web Marketing has had one customer hire us to build a website and 2 years later hired us again to build another website. The hosting company found the website to have been hacked and removed the entire site; all the files, all the images, all the pages. This can get expensive.
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