Affiliate marketing as a practice is associated with many dangers and challenges every one of us has to face. There are some obvious challenges like attracting leads, paying taxes, finding new markets, setting up sites, and so on.
But on top of that, there are also some much less obvious ones … like, for example, protecting your affiliate sites from hackers.
What Hackers Can Do
First things first. Why should you even worry about such things? Well, if your site has no protection mechanisms built in then hackers can take it over completely.
This means that they can take your site down (make it inaccessible to your audience), switch your affiliate links to their affiliate links, erase your shopping carts, or even steal your whole domain.
Do you need any more reasons why taking care of some protection is a good idea?
What To Do To Make Your Site Secure
First of all, use WordPress. There’s no other website management platform that’s more effective or easy to use. On top of that, WordPress has quite a lot of safety mechanisms and many third-party plugins that will help you secure your site even more.
Secondly, make sure to sign up for a quality hosting service. If your webhost takes care of all the security issues on their side then you have a lot less things to worry about. And whatever you do, don’t sign up for free hosting!
Steps To Having a Hacker-Proof Site
1. Update your site frequently.
Every time a WordPress update comes out, some security issues are taken care of. Therefore, you need to have an updated site if you want it to be secure.
2. Delete unused plugins and themes.
If you have more than one theme installed on your site, you have too many. Leave only your current theme and the default theme in WordPress.
Also, every deactivated plugin is a possible security breach point. Therefore, delete all inactive plugins.
3. Install additional security plugins.
Here’s our list of WordPress security plugins every blog should have:
- Online Backup for WordPress. This plugin can help you a lot in case anything bad happens. You can use it to create a backup copy of your whole blog, and then have it restored in case of an emergency.
- Secure WordPress. A handy plugin that takes care of some security tweaks and adjustments. It has a number of default security presets, which make it significantly harder for a hacker to attack your site.
- Hide Login. Your default WordPress login page is the first place where a hacker will try to attack you. The simplest way of preventing such an attack is to simply hide your login page.
- BulletProof Security. This plugin is quite an advanced one. By using some complex PHP scripts it takes care of protecting your blog against types of attacks such as: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, code injection, SQL injection, .htaccess attacks, wp-admin attacks, and more.
When you take care of just the things mentioned above, you’ll have a much more secure site. Feel free to ask if you have any questions regarding this topic. Also, do you have any security mechanisms built in your blog right now?