As a webmaster there is nothing more horrifying then seeing your hard work , destroyed by frivolous hackers”

If you have worked hard on your website and invested your hard earned money then you need to protect it!

You may not think your website has anything worth “Hacking”, however websites are compromised all the time. Not always in an attempt to steal your identity or data, but some malicious intentions to to use your server to email spam, set up temp servers or relay illegal files.

In addition to regularly backing up your site content which you should be doing anyway here are 5 ways to protect your website from hackers and viruses.

  1. Keep platforms, scripts, widgets, plugins and Apps up to date. Because allot of the platforms, plugins and apps are open source code, it leaves a wide array of potential security loopholes that malicious hackers pour over looking for loopholes that allows them to take control of your website and exploit script weaknesses. Ensuring that you update all your website content regularly will help reduce the chances of getting hacked in this way.
  2. Install a security plugin ,regardless if you use CMS or HTML websites; having a security software on board is a huge benefit long and short term. Though not fool-proof this is the best option and easiest alternative for novice Webmasters. Depending on which website design platform you are using , Geek Chick Websites recommend checking out SiteLock. A website security option that goes above and beyond the basic website protections, from daily monitoring , Malware scanning and virus protection its your one stop security master. Although not cheap , its highly recommended to look into such options if your business is website reliant.
  3. Passwords, Okay this one might seem like a no brainer but adding 123 at the end of your name doesn’t make a secure password. As annoying as it is to to have to give up your right arm to secure a password, it is a necessary evil. We suggest an easy to remember password written backward with symbols and numbers is great way to ensure your password cant be guessed. 
  4. Secure the log in URLs, This one is particularly relevant for those who use WordPress, but changing the URL to your admin directory is a quick fix to make it much harder for hackers to attack your website. Simply changing it from www.yourdomain.com/admin to www.yourdomain.com/totallyirelleventword can go a long way to protecting your website. After all its very hard to attack what you cant find! 
  5. The last one and pretty obvious one is to monitor your website regularly , keeping passwords new and fresh , regularly updating , and backing up. Setting maximum failed login attempts and Captcha codes are all little things that help to protect your site and content from malicious hackers.

Remember prevention is always better than the cure. Of course there is always going to be that one security breach you weren’t prepared for , so having regular back ups and site maintenance program is key to longevity online.

Check out some back up options with your host provider , most host providers can provide regular site back up as part of your service.

If all else fails get in touch with the team at Geek Chick Website to fix your word-press security issues.