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Firewall & Security

Every website needs protection. Just like your personal computer, online servers can be targeted for attack. You need a way to keep out hackers or other sources of illegitimate traffic. That’s where firewalls come in. Malicious actors can wreak havoc on your server if you leave your website unprotected and that’s why you should do everything you can to secure your WordPress site. Setting up a firewall should be one of your first orders of business.
It’s not safe to connect so directly to another device without any kind of protection in between. Once that connection is established, it’s much easier to infect the other party with malware or launch a DDoS attack. That’s what a firewall is for. It’s the intermediary between you and any other devices trying to connect to you or, in a web server’s case, between it and the hundreds or thousands of connections it makes with others every day.
So how exactly does a firewall work? Firewalls simply monitor incoming and outgoing traffic on a device, scanning for any signs of malicious activity. Should it detect something suspicious, it will instantly block it from reaching its destination. It’s a big filtration system for your computer or server. When they were first developed, firewalls were very simple packet analyzers that allowed or blocked incoming traffic based on a minimal set of predefined rules. They were very easy to bypass. Nowadays they’ve evolved into complex pieces of programming that are much better at keeping out-attempted intrusions and are an essential piece of software for all devices.
Without a firewall, your website and even your personal devices are vulnerable to DDoS attacks, an attack vector that sends thousands or millions of fake packets to overload your server and brings your website or internet down. Not convinced? Here’s what a firewall can protect you or your website against: Intrusions: Firewalls prevent unauthorized users from accessing your computer or server remotely and doing whatever they want. Malware: Attackers who manage to infiltrate can send malware to infect you or your server. Malware may steal personal information, spread itself to other users, or otherwise damage your computer. Brute force attacks: Attempts by hackers to try hundreds of username and password combinations to discover your admin (or other users’) login credentials. DDoS attacks: Firewalls (especially web application firewalls) can attempt to detect the influx of fake traffic that occurs during a DDoS attack.

When You Need a Firewall

You might be wondering: when is a firewall necessary? Do I really need one? A firewall is required for any machine that connects to the internet. Not just your computer, but your web server, phone, IoT devices, or anything you can think of that has the ability to use the internet. An unprotected device is easy pickings for intrusions and infections. This could give hackers the ability to take over your computer, install whatever they want, monitor as you enter sensitive info like bank credentials, or even look through your webcam/camera, and listen through your microphone. In the case of a web server, if a hacker manages to get through, they could deface your website, embed malware that infects your visitors, change your WordPress admin login credentials, or take down your site entirely.