As a busy website owner, you can’t manage everything. Eventually, you may need to bring on additional team members, freelancers, developers, or agencies to help with maintenance, content creation, or other tasks. These people may require access to your WordPress dashboard – but this could put your business at risk.
The more people who have access to your website, the greater the risk of data breaches, which can be disastrous for your business. Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between collaborating with specialists and keeping your website safe.
In this article, we’ll explore why ex-employees, clients, and other business partners may pose serious risks to your WordPress website. We’ll then share three tips you can use to collaborate safely. Let’s get started!
Why former employees could pose a threat to your business
Many business relationships come to an end. Perhaps an employee leaves for a new job, a customer chooses not to renew their contact, or a contractor completes their project.
Even if a relationship ends amicably, it’s still smart to remove ex-employees and business contacts from your WordPress website. Your website is one of your most valuable assets, but it can be used against you.
A disgruntled ex-employee may steal and publish confidential data. This is exactly what happened to food delivery service Chowbus. According to reports, an ex-employee stole the information of up to 800,000 Chowbus customers and emailed this data to “nearly all” of them.
This kind of data breach can be devastating to your reputation. It can also have serious financial consequences.
The 2011 Epsilon breach is thought to be the most expensive data breach of the 21st century, costing the email marketing company up to $4 billion. With the costs so high, it’s unsurprising that the majority of small companies close their doors following a breach.
A third party with a grudge may also deface your website. If your site is visibly hacked, it can destroy consumer trust in your business. You may also become blacklisted by Google, which can cause your traffic to plummet.
Malicious former employees may also sell your WordPress data to your biggest competitor, or use it to gain an unlawful competitive advantage in their new job. With the economic uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, many people are feeling increased financial pressure. For someone who still has access to your website, the potential financial rewards may prove difficult to resist.
Finally, an unhappy business contact may delete your WordPress data or even your entire website. If you haven’t created a backup, you could wake up to discover that years of hard work is gone forever.
How to protect your website from ex-employees and clients (3 key tips)
Whenever someone parts ways with your business, it’s important to remove them from your website. An ex-employee, contractor, partner, or any other contact who retains access to your WordPress dashboard
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.