How to prevent Hacking and manage safety of your website


What is a website mean to you? Is it only template or tool where you put your business details? A Website represents your online identity and brand to your clients.  A Website can also be representing your business history and your background in particular industry you offer products or services.  This website plays important a role in maintaining your online presence.   You may have invested many of funds in your website development and design but if you do not invest in security then you may be a victim of website hacking or data thief.  If your data is stolen or website is a hack, it will directly impact negatively on your brand and business. Data thief or website hack will also have loss of your reputation in the business world and your client may lose trust in you.

If you have a business website, I would like you to go to some follow some recommend steps which will help to prevent website hacking.

You have to update your themes, plugin, and widgets regularly from the source where you purchased it. The reason is that outdated plugins, themes, and tools are always a victim of these hackers. You should keep attention about the regular updates for your plugins and themes. You should not delay updating your themes and plugins when you receive information from the source you purchased them. Hacker normally develops a bot which automatically scans and searches online for websites having vulnerabilities in it. If the hackers have managed to find vulnerabilities in your websites or plugins, then they will surely target your website and take control of it.  Hacker normally targets websites with financial transactions or database.  IF your database is stolen and the client gets known about this, they will try to put legal actions against you for defamation being caused. Also, you will lose your trust of your client. You will be responsible for database leak and not the hacker.  So webmaster has to update the websites, plugins from time to time.

You have to be careful about this freebie and other low-cost plugins and themes providers; this is because some hackers may offer some services as freebies or low cost,  to take control of your website or computer database and control.  You may be a victim of such companies who offer freebies just to stolen and hack. You should always buy a service from trusted companies with history and brand.  Try to buy plugins or services from companies who give security loopholes guarantee. Sometime attacker may use third-party plugins with vulnerabilities in it and inject malicious code into the files. Now, these codes will help hackers to penetrate into a website and take control over it. When you buy plugins or themes you should buy with information about how many numbers of installations and try to see a review of such plugins, themes, templates since experienced developers have a better idea about the best security practices.

Strong Password

The main important reason hackers are successful in hacking your website is that your weak password. A weak password will always allow easily penetrate and take control of your website, for this reason, your password should be unique, long and mixed with special characters and numbers.  If you keep up this practice then your website hacking chances are reduced by 50%. Remember, you should not make a password with your nickname or birthdate or on your own name, since hackers may use Password cracking programs to guess the password and then it is finished. If your password is 12 characters or more long, it is a good one to protect from a hacker. For e.g.   Lfd {} f<?:!@$FGT6, this password is difficult to hack and it will take a long time and many attempts to log in to crack the characters. Normally online login system limits the number of failed login attempts, longer and unique characters passwords stop conmen from guessing them in just a few attempts. For e.g. Password with “1234567” or “qwertyio”   or “Peter123” will be hacked within 1 mins by Password cracking programs.

If you have given access to multiple users to log in to your website be careful about it and limit job of role assignment to different users.  Your user may be an admin, author, subscriber, and editor, but be careful admin accounts if compromised then hackers may use those accounts to change information on your website without your knowledge.

Website Settings

If your website is CMS, then be careful about the default setting on your hosting. Some attacks on your website may come through their default CMS settings being used. If you change the default setting of your CMS website, it will cut to 50% or more chances of a website being hacked.

Some setting should be always checked at server configuration le file name level also. The file like ‘web. config’ on your root web directory will help to set server rules to check and prevent directory browsing to prohibit malicious users from accessing and viewing the content.

Installing SSL Certificate can help to prevent hackers to use visitors’ sensitive information and private data in transit. It will help to encrypt the information transacted over the World Wide Web.

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