Pleece & Co – important information about your company’s website

Backing up and hacking:

All websites can be vulnerable to hacking; this is when an unauthorised party gains access to your website, enabling them to obtain data and make changes to the site itself. Unfortunately, web hacking is relatively common in the modern age.

It can be difficult to stop hacking altogether, however, choosing a strong password for your CMS login will reduce the risk of attack, whilst backing up your website regularly will ensure that, if you are unfortunate enough to be hacked, you or we can restore your files without too much disruption (although this does depend on the level of attack that has taken place and when the website was last backed up).

As a rule, Pleece & Co DON’T back up client sites, but we’ll outline your options during the initial project proposal and give you the wherewithal to do it yourselves. However, we realise that, with some of our clients, it has been some time since proposals were supplied, so if you would like your site backed up then please get in touch as soon as possible. The best and most cost-effective way of backing up websites are listed below.

These are guide prices to backing up a website:

WordPress websites
If your company site is on WordPress, the automated options are:

Option 1 – WordPress sites ($9 per month basic this keeps a 30 day back up):
Option 2 – WordPress sites ($29 a month, full back up archive)
https://vaultpress.com/

Shopify websites
Shopify backups ($5 per month): https://apps.shopify.com/backup

Business Catalyst websites
Business Catalyst for extra precautions ($49 one off):
http://www.bcappstore.com/apps/backupbc

There will also be a small charge of £80 + VAT from Pleece & Co to set up the plug-in for the site in question.

If you decide not to proceed with any of the above options and your website isn’t backed up, then it could be very difficult to restore your files if your site does get hacked.

If you sign up to one of these automated plug-ins and your website gets hacked there will most probably be a cost from us for reinstating the site from the backups. Should this ever happen, we will quote for it at the time. This is because restoring a backup can be time-consuming and the length and complexity of the process will vary depending on the level of the attack. It’s difficult to be clear how long this could take until it happens.

To be clear, signing up to one of these plug-ins isn’t a prevention to hacking, but it helps to keep websites up to date and a site can be backed up relatively quickly (depending on the level of the hack) with up-to-date content.

Tips to stop a site getting hacked

The main reason sites get hacked is down to weak passwords, so use a unique password for the website and make sure it contains a selection of caps, symbols, numbers, upper and lower case. Longer, non-repetitive passwords are also more difficult to hack, so it’s sensible to ensure that your password is at least 10 characters long. Basically, the more complex the better!

If you require more information, we are more than happy to discuss it over a coffee in the office.

Please respond to this message and detail what – if any – action you would like to take by contacting Christina Wilmowski at christina@pleeceandco.com