How To keep Your Website Secure From Hacking
Website security is a must in today’s online environment and must be a part of your overall online strategy. You would not leave the door to your business open overnight would you? The same should apply to your website as well.
If you’re using a platform such as Tumblr, BlogSpot, or WordPress for your online business, then you might have already been confronted with numerous website security threats from hackers around the world. Recently, Tumble, a widely used blogging platform as well as social media platform was reported to have been attacked by an organized hacker group that spammed almost 9 thousand accounts by delivering critical messages to bloggers as well as referring to them as “self-indulgent, self-deprecating, and self-insisting” human beings.
Any account that either viewed or shared this spammed post was eventually infected. However, Tumblr immediately acknowledged this website security breach by posting an update on their Twitter account advising all security breaches had been resolved. Within a couple of hours after the subsequent attack, Tumblr’s expert had completely wiped out all spam posts off their system that posed a security threat.
In addition to attacking bigger organizations, these hacker groups are increasingly attacking small business owners with malware, or injecting harmful SQL commands that alter, and in most cases, completely corrupt or wipe out important data from the website database. When it comes to website security and staying one step ahead of these viscous hackers groups, there are several steps you can follow in order to keep hackers at bay while protecting your website from unauthorized intrusions.
1. Update your plugins, themes, and blogging platform:
When hackers sense that your blogging platform, like WordPress, BlogSpot, or Tumblr-based website isn’t updated, it becomes a prime target and they exploit your website by injecting malware, injecting SQL commands, and other harmful scripts. Update your plugins, themes, and software as soon as they are available. For instance, blogging platforms like WordPress often notifies their users when an update is available. Simply click on the “update” button, and you’re done.
2. Use strong passwords:
If you want to protect your website against hackers, then choose “strong” passwords. Avoid using passwords like “password”, “123456”, and “abcdef.” Of course, you want your passwords to be memorable, yet not easily predictable for hackers to enter your website.
It’s highly recommend that you choose passwords at least 14 characters long, insert both upper and lower case letters, numbers, and wild characters. Visit an online tool like random.org to create a strong password for your website. Most hosting control panels also give you an option to auto generated a secure password.
3. Don’t use FREE software themes:
If you’re thinking about downloading and installing a free web theme for your blogging software, just think again. Why? These free themes often contain untraceable spam links that infects your blog or website as soon as they’re installed. On the other hand, paid (premium) themes – from sites you trust and know are less likely to present a security threat to you. If you still decide to use FREE themes, make sure to use malware detection tools such as Virus Total or Malwarebytes to check for infected files before installation.
4. Register with Google’s Webmaster Tools:
It’s completely free, and yet Google’s web analytic tools will find and notify you whenever it spots malicious content on your website. In addition to detecting malware, it also gives detailed instructions as to how you can remove those infected files from your site.
This will help you remove the threat very quickly, and even before your site gets “blacklisted” for including malware content on your website, which usually results in decreased traffic to your site from search engines.
5. Register with Sucuri.net:
We like sucuri.net because as an independent source we have reviewed them and are currently using them. All you do is register with them, install a small file in your hosting server and that is all. They will then monitor your site for any security breach such as malware, or virus threat and will even perform the site cleanup and restore your site to its original form. There is a minimal cost of $89 for one website url for one year and up to $189 for the coverage of 5 websites for one year. This is a nominal cost and we speak from experience having experienced malware attacks in the past.
Always pay attention to what is happening within your hosting control panel and take action now!