It doesn’t happen very often. It doesn’t happen to many people. But if you end up being one of the few that gets their website hacked you probably wont ever let it happen to you again.
It can be a very frustrating and time consuming process to regain control of your website. Not to mention that if your income is relying on your website, getting hackled is definitely going to be a big problem for you.
So in this post I’m going to go over some of the steps you can take to secure your website and ensure that it doesn’t get hacked and you remain in control at all times.
Why someone would want to hack your website:
If you have access to the back end of a website you are free to build backlinks to your own website. If you know anything about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) then you know that having backlinks to your website can be a very good thing for ranking factors.
If someone controls your website they can lock you out and hold the website for ransom and only release the control of the iste back to you after you have paid them a fee.
Some people get paid by showing advertisements to people online. If someone controls your website they can fill it with ads that they make money from if a web visitor sees or clicks on them.
How to prevent from getting hacked:
1. Install a security plugin
By using a security plugin (wordpress) you can block unwanted visitors from getting very far. One plugin that I’ve used before is WP Limit Login Attempts. This plugin make it so that if someone attempts to log in with the incorrect password or username their IP address will be blocked from attempting to log in again.
2. Have a really strong password
By using a password generator and setting i tot eh most difficult to break settings you are ensuring that your password is really strong. I use very complicated passwords like 09HS2mBJM8 or XF0T1s1Snc.
3. User a user name other than Admin
So may website administrators leave the username as the default Admin. By doing this the pirates already have half of the inforamtion that they need to log into your website. Always change the default username Admin to something like your first name.
4. Never share your password
This is really a no-brainer. If someone needs access to your website then you should make them their own log in inforamtion and password. That way when they are done their work you can delete that user and not worry if they ever shared their login inforamtion with anyone.
5. Block IP addresses that aren’t from your country
Any time someone has ever tried to hack one of my website (never successfully) their IP address was listed as being from overseas. So I tell my security plugins to block anyone that logs in from anywhere but my home town.
If you have any questions about your websites security please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to try our best to answer your concerns. And dont forget to share this post if you liked it.