The holidays are often times we all smile a little easier, are kinder to one another, and show those we love how important they are to us. All of us, that is, except for web hackers, who don't take holidays.
As a matter of fact, attacks on small business websites are significantly rising, and can quickly impact a small business person's ability to do business on the web. Keeping your website software up-to-date this holiday and throughout the year will help you avoid hacker headaches.
Are Website Software Updates Important?
Yes! For example, if you have WordPress or Joomla! powered website, updating your software and plug-ins (doing "security updates") reduces the chance your website will be "hacked".
Hackers look for websites that haven't run all security updates and will exploit any holes created by out-of-date software so that they can wreak havoc on your website.
How Often Are Website Software Updates Needed?
That depends... if your website is built with open-source software such as WordPress or Joomla, your software is community supported and security updates are released as needed.
The number of updates released by software providers vary, but we recommend checking your website administration panel frequently to see if updates are needed. The Internet is constantly changing and new threats and security risks continually surface.
Can You Update Your Own Website?
Owners of WordPress and Joomla! powered websites are able to make regular security updates for free via their website administration panel. The administrator dashboard is available to registered users with proper administrator rights. We recommend always backing up your website prior to making updates.
If you are a website owners who doesn't want to worry about performing website updates, check with your website hosting or website design company. Some website and Internet Marketing companies offer monthly support plans or will assist clients as requested.
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