Why SSL is Important for Your Website?

Why is SSL important for your website?

As a business owner, it’s crucial to ensure that your website is secure and trustworthy for your customers. One way to accomplish this is by having an SSL certificate on your website. But what is SSL and why is it important? In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of SSL and why it’s crucial for your website.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and it’s a bit of code that helps keep your website secure. It works by encrypting the information that’s sent between your website and your customers’ browsers. This means that sensitive information like passwords and credit card numbers are kept safe from prying eyes.

Why is SSL important?

Having an SSL certificate on your website not only keeps your customers’ information safe, but it also helps boost your website’s search engine rankings. This means that your website will be more likely to appear at the top of search engine results, making it more visible to potential customers.

How to check if your website has SSL?

To check if your website has an SSL certificate, simply take a look at the address bar of your website. If it starts with “https” instead of “http” then you’re all set.

Need help getting an SSL certificate?

If you’re not sure if your website has SSL or not, or if you’re not sure where to start, Irish Web Services are happy to help! We’re here to make sure your website is secure and your customers’ information is protected. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.


Having an SSL certificate on your website is essential for both security and search engine rankings. If you’re not sure if your website has SSL or not, be sure to check and consider getting one if necessary.

Remember that Irish Web Services are always happy to help you out with this process.

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1.6 Million WordPress Sites Under Attack

Wordfence analysts have uncovered a massive wave of attacks, coming from 16000 IPs and targeting over 1 million WordPress sites. 

This threat compromises four plugins that are not updated properly to exploit them as well fifteen Epsilon Framework themes– one with no available patch!

The plugins targeted by this plugin infection were patched all the way back in 2018, but some newer ones still haven’t had their vulnerabilities addressed.

With so many vulnerabilities being addressed in a short time period, it is important for site owners to patch their plugins as soon as possible.

The affected plugins and their versions are:

  • PublishPress Capabilities
  • Kiwi Social Plugin
  • Pinterest Automatic
  • WordPress Automatic

The targeted Epsilon Framework themes are:

  • Shapely
  • NewsMag
  • Activello
  • Illdy
  • Allegiant
  • Newspaper X
  • Pixova Lite
  • Brilliance
  • MedZone Lite
  • Regina Lite
  • Transcend
  • Affluent
  • Bonkers
  • Antreas
  • NatureMag Lite – No patch available
Source: Wordfence

“In most cases, the attackers are updating the users_can_register option to enabled and setting the default_role option to administrator,Wordfence explains.

“This makes it possible for attackers to register on any site as an administrator effectively taking over the site.”

Check, update, clean

Here is a list of things to do once you have detected that your site has been compromised:

1) Check all user accounts and remove any rogue additions immediately  

2 ) Review the settings at “http://examplesite[.]com/wp-admin/options-general.php” 

3) Pay attention in Membership and New User default role setting 

It is always a good idea to update your plugins and themes as soon as possible, even if they’re not on this list. 

If you have NatureMag Lite (a plugin), uninstall it immediately- there’s no fix for the threat yet!

Note that updating the plugins won’t eliminate the threat if your site has already been compromised