Your probably thinking who would hack my website, but in all actuality websites are being hacked all the time. The majority are websites are not being hacked to steal your information or to damage your site but instead to use your server as an email relay for spam or to setup a temporary web server, usually to serve illegal files. Here are some helpful key tips to keep your site from getting hacked.
Use A Secure Hosting Provider
Hosting vulnerabilities accounts for a major percentage of websites being hacked. Web hosting companies are not all equally secure. When shopping for a hosting company do some research, don’t go for the cheapest hosting company, there may be a reason it is so cheap. Choose a company with a good track record for having strong secure sites.
Secure Usernames and Passwords
Strong and secure passwords are crucial. Many websites are hacked just by having weak passwords. Using a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols creates a strong and secure password. If you choose simple and easy passwords because you can never remember them, you can use a password manager like “LastPass” to remember it for you. Never use “Admin” as your username, it is the number one guess for hackers. Once the hacker figures out your username or password they can concentrate on the one they have not figured out and the chances of them being successful in hacking your website increased. So make sure your username and passwords are both secure.
Making sure you keep all your software updated is important in keeping your site secure. This applies to both the server operating system and any software you may be running on your website, such as a CMS. Many hackers target out dated software with known security issues. Content Management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are great and popular but because of their popularity hackers target these and discover vulnerabilities.
There are so many steps you can take to prevent your website from becoming vulnerable to hacking. Knowing what makes a website safe and secure from hackers gives you the advantage.