Using Backups and Security within Jetpack Professional

Two of the most essential needs for a WordPress site are backups and security. The Jetpack Professional subscription includes both of these options within its interface. The security and backups are managed through an Automattic plugin called VaultPress.

All files within WordPress are scanned and kept secure with a powerful and flexible backup service. Additionally, security is maintained by real-time monitoring of the subscribed site.

This article will review where to find the configuration settings and describe the options you’re given for both backups and security with VaultPress.

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What is VaultPress?

Before we look at the settings, we need to further define the role of VaultPress. VaultPress is a plugin that can be added to a WordPress site, but in this article the functionality of the plugin is being added to your WordPress site through Jetpack Professional. Automattic created VaultPress to provide reliable security and backups for your WordPress site.

Finding the Backup and Security Scanning Options in Jetpack

To use these settings, you will need to be logged into the WordPress Administrator Dashboard. The backup and security settings are part of the options provided with Jetpack Professional subscription.

You can purchase this subscription separately or you may choose to seek a different hosting solution that provides service. The Jetpack Professional Subscription is part of the WP-4000S WordPress Hosting solution from InMotion Hosting.

  1. Click on Jetpack in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
  2. Click on Settings in the sub-menu under Jetpack.
  3. The first screen showing should be the Security screen. The menu at the top of the page will be selected. Click on Security if this is not the case.
  4. The first item in the Security settings screen is Backups and Security Scanning.
  5. The Jetpack Professional subscription will automatically enable this setting. If you don’t have the subscription, this option will be grayed out. Click on Configure your Security Scans.

You can now find the settings for your Backup and Security scanning options within Jetpack. These steps lead you to the VaultPress Dashboard page as you can see below:

VaultPress Dashboard
The VaultPress Dashboard provides access to the Backups and Security for your WordPress site.

Note that the paid Jetpack subscriptions all include various backup options, but only the premium and professional plans include the real-time security scanning provided with VaultPress.

Jetpack Backups

The backups that you get with VaultPress are both daily and real-time (using the Professional subscription). You don’t have to make any settings because they automatically backup everything. You can easily pick a day and then select a backup to restore. The important thing to remember are the differences between the paid subscriptions.

VaultPress Dashboard Backups
The VaultPress Dashboard Backups section. Here you can see the available backups and restore them by simply pressing the Restore button.
PersonalPremiumProfessional
Daily automated backupDaily automated backupReal-time automated backups
30-day archive30-day archiveUnlimited archive

*For information please see the Jetpack pricing page.

The Professional subscription is the only plan with real-time backups and unlimited archives. The other subscription plans still offer a very useful 30-day archive with a daily backup. If you want to backup your WordPress site for every hour of the day, then make sure you are using the Professional subscription.

In the screenshot above, you can see the options for viewing the backup and restoring it. VaultPress makes it very simple to restore the backup as needed – just click on the Restore button!

Jetpack Security Scanning

The real-time scanning option provided with Jetpack includes automated scanning for malware and automatic security fixes when a vulnerability is detected.

This gives you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to make the effort to make changes to your site for security needs. VaultPress does provide you the option to see the history of any actions taken to secure your site.

VaultPress Dashboard Security
The VaultPress Dashboard Security page allows you see the most recent security activity. You can also view the history, see any ignored threats, and immediately initiate a security scan.

The security screen within the VaultPress Dashboard allows you to see any threats that have been detected. You can see a history of security activity by clicking on History in the menu. There is also a list of ignored threats. These are threats that were detected but ignored. To scan your site at any point, click on the Scan now button in the top right corner of the page.

Congratulations! You can now navigate to the VaultPress Dashboard which gives you access to its Backups, Restorations, and Security Scanning options provided with Jetpack Professional. To learn more about using Jetpack, check out how to connect Google Analytics to your site.

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Arnel Custodio Technical Writer; WordPress Contributor & Volunteer

As a writer for InMotion Hosting, Arnel has always aimed to share helpful information and provide knowledge that will help solve problems and aid in achieving goals. He's also been active with WordPress local community groups and events since 2004.

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Thoughts on “Using Backups and Security within Jetpack Professional

  • The article is missing critical information. There’s a red panel in the screenshot under the heading Jetpack Backups with a button for setting up server access. That leads to a page demanding ssh, sftp or ftp server credentials, but does not provide any step by step process for filling in the blanks or deciding which one of my 5 or 6 sets of website credentials to use. Are they asking for cPanel credentials here? If so, why not just say so in plain English?

    If SSH is superior, as the VaultPress documentation states, why bother with SFTP or FTP at all? VaultPress’s instructions for the missing critical information is, “ask your hosting provider.” I have done that on chat, but still am thoroughly confused because I got half an answer that gave me doubts about the expertise of the support tech.

    I’ve set up SSH public and private keys, but do I now fill in the password for the SSH key or my cpanel password? Vaultpress provides a public key to add to my authorized SSH public keys, but in my “”manage SSH” options in cpanel I don’t see, “add a new public key.”

    Is there some reason this can’t be simple? I’m starving for a complete, step-by-step set of instructions for a site on a shared server.

    • Hello and thanks for contacting us. Hosting providers may use different server management tools than cPanel such as Webmin or DirectAdmin. Your server credentials would be your server hostname, and cPanel or FTP user credentials. You can manage SSH keys in cPanel > SSH Access.

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