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Red Lights For Your Website: How To Prevent Being Hacked

Its acceptable to say that working on a website is hard work from customizing each detail to making sure that your company is represented in a reputable manner. Once a website is on the internet, it can be easily accessed by others. A majority of people who view your website browse for the available content offered, however, there may be a small percentage that will walk in and steal important information. Cyber thieves are invisible and quick to gather confidential information. Once they gain admin access to the website, theyre able to do anything they want with important files, vandalize the website, or other malicious activities. Though it is almost impossible to reverse the damage a hacker has done, there are steps that you can take to ensure youre keeping your website secure.

The more complicated the log in information, the stronger the access control. Assign unpredictable usernames and passwords. Restrict the number of password resets and attempts to log in since accounts can be altered with that way. Additionally, changing the default database prefix from wp6_ to something random wouldnt be a bad idea as well.

Although building websites under CMS will allow you to keep the website secure, it can be risky. Afterall, the most common cause of website infections is weaknesses in the content management system (CMS). Web firewalls are made to detect weaknesses and reduce the likelihood of hackers attempting to threaten your website. They also filter spammers and dangerous bots. However, a majority are open-sourced programs, meaning that hackers can also easily access their codes. Avoid hackers by keeping your security plug ins updated.

Having your website be SSL certified allows safe browsing for its visitors. It ensures a safe environment for data by encrypting it into the server. Owning an SSL certificate will increase chances on appearing in search engines since they want to provide quality service to their users. In fact, Google Chrome had released an update in 2018 where users are alerted by the browser if the website they visit isnt certified.

Avoid file uploads altogether if your website can manage without them. Through file uploads, people with mischievous intentions can put an infected file on the website, overriding important files that keep the website going, or uploading large files causing the website to crash. Although if your website cant function without file uploads, its best to set ground rules to avoid problems. Some suggestions include clarifying which type of files are able to be posted on the website, setting a size limit to uploaded files, and scanning files for malware.

Setting the right security measures will keep cyber criminals away from your website and from its visitors. Maintain the sites security by creating complicated log ins, frequently updating trustworthy firewall plug ins, becoming SSL certified, and keeping file uploads under surveillance. It may seem like a lot of work, but its much better than paying for the expenses if your site does get tampered with.

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