Website back-up and other useful resources
Episode #10 of the course Cyber security for small business by Cat Paterson
It’s all going swimmingly. You have a gorgeous website, there’s a steady stream of traffic, and then boom—you delete a bit of code by mistake, you’ve missed a critical WordPress update, malware has infected your site, or you’re in the middle of moving hosts (now you’ve found a more secure site) and your lovely website has suddenly up and disappeared.
But it’s okay. You regularly back up your site…don’t you?
A bit like finding a secure host, you don’t know what you don’t know, and regular back-ups are an oft-overlooked part of owning and operating a successful and secure website.
Back-ups are an essential part of maintenance, but just because (hopefully) you won’t need to use them that often doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the process a regular task. No website is immune from a bit of technical drama now and again.
I would recommend backing up daily, especially if you have loads of traffic to your site or make changes regularly. At a minimum, this should be done monthly for site files and weekly for database files, but certainly do it immediately after you have made any changes like posting a blog or changing some code (if you’re a bit more website-savvy).
Back-ups should also be done prior to installing a new version of WordPress so that if anything goes awry, you can slide back to a previous version.
There are loads of ways to perform back-ups; there are plug-ins galore, some more technical than others.
Here are some considerations when thinking about a method of back-up:
1. Can the back-up be automated so you can set it and forget it, especially to fit in with a regular schedule?
2. Does the back-up get automatically stored in Dropbox or another cloud storage provider for easy access? If it’s only held by the web host provider and they get hacked, you’ve got a problem. It’s best to store back-ups elsewhere
3. Can the back-up be easily restored? It’s all very well backing up the files, but can they be re-installed easily?
4. Consider using an online service that performs the back-up and stores your data for a monthly fee.
5. Use a WordPress plug-in that performs scheduled back-ups and stores them in cloud storage.
By this point, you should be a bit savvier about your security and either feel calm that you’ve got it under control or now have a checklist of things you need to go and do immediately.
Thanks for taking the time to go through this course, and congratulations on getting your digital world secure!
If you want to get into more detail about cyber security, then the Sophos Threatsaurus is a must-read. It literally covers every term from A-Z relevant to cyber security.
Apple publishes their current security updates here.
Windows publishes their current security updates here.
How to choose between a hardware firewall and software firewall.
How to choose a hosting provider.
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