…Unless you take security seriously. Full stop. Often times, it’s not a matter of “if”, but rather “when”. We are doing all that we can to ensure the server remains secure, but we need you to do your part as well.
Here are 5 basic steps to prevent your site from being hacked:
- Remember that any software you install on your website could get hacked – it’s like a PC – but it’s out there on the internet 24 x 7! Not updating that software, is the same as hiding your head in the sand – hoping really hard nothing will happen – and it probably will!!
- Change your website Admin password to something that contains (at the very minimum):
- both upper and lowercase letters
- at least one number
- at least one character/punctuation mark
- consider using another username, not “admin”
- Update your website software (and check for updates at the very minimum every 3 months)
- Pay attention to your website statistics. If your bandwidth all of a sudden/out of the blue is 3GB higher than it has been in the past 3 years and you haven’t done anything different (eg Adwords campaign, radio promotion, handing out flyers etc) this should raise some serious warning flags in your head and prompt you to investigate further.
- Keep your computer anti-virus software up-to-date (kind of like #3… but not really). If you have a key-logger virus on your computer, your strong, super secure password is useless because the bad guys will be able to see it and wreak havoc on your site. We see this regularly!
I know we’ve written about this (numerous times actually) in the past but you’d be surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t) by the number of sites being hacked despite our warnings. Cleaning up a hacked site is not a trivial matter and can become quite costly.
If they’re made available to you, why wouldn’t you jump on the chance to take precautionary measures to protect your site?
If you’re not sure what this means, you’re welcome to ask for details.