Did you know that Kenya is one of the leading countries in Africa suffering from cyber attacks? According to a new report released by American tech giant Microsoft earlier last month, 15%-25% of computers in Kenya we reported to have downloaded malware in March 2018 alone. What’s worse, a report released by Serianu on the state of Cyber Security in Kenya 2017 revealed that Kenyan businesses lost over Ksh. 17 Billion in 2017 alone.
The writing is clear on the wall, Kenyan businesses will have to brace themselves for the increase of cyber attacks in 2018. Especially when you consider that hackers and scammers continue to improve their tactics and tools, day and night. But before you even think about spending obscene amounts of money on a cyber security consultant, it is important to exhaust the resources already available. In this article, we will be discussing Jetpack, a tool that helps you secure your website for free.
What is Jetpack?
Jetpack plugin is a plugin with superpowers. Why? Because it’s more like a container of plugins than just a plugin itself. Installing jetpack is as easy as installing any other plugin, but that’s where the similarities end. The moment you activate the Jetpack plugin, you’ll notice that you now have access to tons of other features you can add to your site. Some of the features include;
- Site Statistics – Jetpack monitors traffic to your site and gives you statistics to help you see which posts are popular
- Image CDN – Jetpack allows you to offload your images to their servers so that your site loads faster.
- XML Sitemaps – Jetpack will create a sitemap for your site and share it with Google to help you rank better & faster
- Publish by Email – Jetpack allows you to write your posts via email and send them it to get automatically publish
- Related Posts – You can offload the complex processing of finding related posts to their servers
- Automatic Publishing – Jetpack will publish your posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter automatically
- Brute Force Attack Protection – Jetpack knows about attacks and can use that data to protect your own site
- Site Monitoring – Jetpack will monitor your site every 5 minutes to see if it’s still active and available
- Sidebar Customizations – Jetpack allows you to contextualize your site’s sidebar and dynamically change what’s visible
- Social Sharing – Jetpack gives you those social buttons on your posts so readers can share your content
- Comment Enhancements – While WordPress has comments already, this will give your readers way to be notified of comments
- Contact Forms – Jetpack makes it easy to create contact forms for your site
- Custom CSS – Jetpack can give you a simple way to add your own custom CSS to your site’s theme
- and more than 20 other features…
Jetpack for Website Security
So let’s discuss how you can use jetpack to secure your website. From the list above, you can see that Jetpack has a feature called Brute Force Attack protection which can detect an attack and prevent a cyber attack. But can you trust Jetpack to secure your website entirely?
The answer is both yes and no. Yes because Jetpack is powerful enough to detect common cyber security threats like viruses within your plugins and themes, changed files and changed web shells. And no because web security is a process, you can’t just set up Jetpack and forget about your web security. What’s more, Jetpack can only do so much, you have to consider cyber security tools like SSL certificates to bolster your website security.
How Does Jetpack Secure Your Website?
- By protecting your website against brute force
- By monitoring your site in case of any downtime
- By providing a single sign-in for secure authentification
- By scanning your website for security threats (paid feature)
- By automatically backing up your website (paid feature)
- By preventing and managing spam
How To Install Jetpack Plugin on Your Website
Stay tuned, we are making a video tutorial on how to install jetpack in your website just for you 🙂