Securing Your Data
Why Are Backups Important?
Unfortunately, website hackers have become a very common thing on the web. While some hackers aim to steal credit card numbers or other sensitive information, others might hack websites just for the sake of causing trouble. Since your website is available on the web, it’s susceptible to compromise. Backups will allow you to revert your site to its unaltered, unhacked state.
Just like your home computer, web servers can suffer from hardware failure. Though it’s highly unlikely that this will happen, having a backup ensures you don’t lose your important data if your server crashes. It’s best to keep a copy of the backup in multiple places, too.
Malware and Viruses
Viruses, Trojan horses, worms, and other malware can make their way to your website, even through normally safe third parties. You can accidentally download them with a theme or a plugin, or they can slip through flaws in your server’s firewall. Having a backup means you’ll be prepared if anything starts acting strange.
People make mistakes. It’s possible that an employee or contractor might press the wrong button or accidentally delete necessary files. When you back up your files, you have less of a chance of human errors interfering with your operations.
Regularly updating WordPress and your plugins is important. This helps to increase your site’s security and improve features – but sometimes things don’t always go as planned. This is why WordPress tells you to perform a backup before running any updates.