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Is Your Website Secure?

Or are you at risk of an attack?




Protecting Your Site with a Sucuri Firewall


Is your website written in WordPress and if so, have you implemented suitable security to protect it from coming under attack?

WordPress websites are often targeted by hackers, due to the prevalence out-of-date software versions, and in particular, plugins, that can be used to gain backdoor entry to systems.

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Several years ago, we were approached by a company that own a high-profile football website, after it had been hacked and taken off-line.

The site had been compromised due to an out of date WordPress installation and a number of old plugins.

Shortly before we became involved, the website was relaunched, but was not checked for any vulnerabilities.

A number of mobile users were complaining that they were being re-directed to third party sites when trying to access certain pages.

Upon investigation, we found that code had been injected into several web pages, such that when mobile users opened them, they would get redirected to certain gambling sites.

Upon investigation, we found that code had been injected into several web pages, such that when mobile users opened them, they would get redirected to certain gambling sites.

To make matters worse, we also found that the system file permissions had been altered, making the web pages open to modification at anytime.

In order to resolve the situation, we went through each of the site's php files, removing the code affecting mobile users, and had all plugins and WordPress versions brought up to date.

As an additional measure, we looked at tightening up the security on the site, to help prevent further attacks, opting for a security product called Sucuri Web Application Firewall (WAF).


Sucuri Website Firewall

The Sucuri WAF is a subscription-based service, providing a cloud based firewall for websites.

All traffic destined for your website is routed through their firewall first, which scans for any suspicious activity from users / bots, and subsequently blocks them.

The service also provides daily website monitoring, to ensure that no malware has been installed.

In the event that your website were to get hacked, Sucuri will clean it up for you, removing the offending code, and put it back in working order.

Pricing varies according to the level of cover you want for your site, starting at $199/year for their basic service.

If you have recently put up a new site or having an existing one that could do with increased security, we cannot recommend Sucuri enough. Their technical team are excellent and very pro-active, offering excellent advice.

Of course, there are other security products out there that do a good job, but they don't offer the Cloud based firewall, which we feel, gives it the edge.

If you would like to know more about how IT Results can help secure your website, or have any other web-related questions, then please feel free to get in touch.

Of course, there are other security products out there that do a good job, but they don't offer the Cloud based firewall, which we feel, gives it the edge.

If you would like to know more about how IT Results can help secure your website, or have any other web-related questions, then please feel free to get in touch.


Secure your website with a Sucuri firewall