Is Your Website Secure? Important Tips on How to Avoid Being Hacked

Jan 28, 2013

Now that your website has been built and your best marketing strategies have been implemented, you’re all set. You can now sit back and take a deep breath.  Finally, it’s over, right? Not quite. There is one thing that you many entrepreneurs forget about when building a business online and that is website security.

According to experts, thousands of websites get hacked annually simply because many people fail to take their website’s security seriously.

Many people fail to realize that website security is an important aspect of building a successful business online. In this post, we’re going to share a few helpful tips on how to protect your website from being hacked.

How to Thwart Hackers from Breaking and Entering

Did you know that there are a variety of ways that hackers can break in and gain access to your website? Some people are unaware that cyber criminals can program bots (or robots) designed to lurk through the Web for administration screens for the purpose of logging into them to steal information. Once they gain access, they’re like a kid in a candy store. They will attempt to set a new password by using a combination of passwords to unlock your password.

This is why it is crucial that you set a password and username that’s difficult to unlock. Here are a few common passwords that people should avoid using. The following are also examples of passwords that many criminals attempt to use:

  • password
  • pasword1234
  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • hello123

There are many more common passwords that you should avoid using when setting up a password for your website’s admin. To make it harder for a hacker to use your password, include a mixture of symbols, numbers and capital letters.  Also, you should change your password on a regular basis. Avoid using the same password for a long period of time. Most experienced web design and development firms suggest changing your password at least every 30-60 days.

Also, it is important that you always change the user ID of your admin account from ‘1’ to something different. Make sure you check the amount of hits on 404 pages. Then lock any user out if you find that they have too many. Try placing a limit on the amount of times you’re allowed to attempt to login with the wrong password.

If you’re using WordPress as your platform, change the prefix of your database from “wp_” to something different. These are all little tricks that good web developers use to help confuse hackers.

Last but certainly not least, make sure you always take backups of your web database. Unfortunately, when it comes to web security, nothing is 100% foolproof. The good news is that you can greatly reduce the chances of being hacked when you take necessary precautions.

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