If you are in charge of, or own a website, then it is almost certain your passion, your love, or your livelihood. Therefore, you want to do everything in your power to keep it as safe as possible. There are hackers out there who would want to take down your website out of spite or out of a sense of personal gain from the few views your hacked website would get or its server’s capability.
You obviously do not want anything of the sort to happen, so take a look at some of these tips to help you secure your website from hackers:
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Use Basic Internet Security Sense
Human error could probably be attributed to most of the reasons the hacking attempts that were successful were successful. When you run a website, you need to use as much common sense as you have in the protection of that website. This means that you should have a security suite on your computer (you should have one even if you aren’t running a website), you should be picking out an extremely tough password to crack, and you should be updating your computer often because if the computer you update your website from is compromised there is a strong likelihood that your website will be compromised soon after.
As far as common sense regarding your website goes, you should check to make sure everything is as you would like it at least every few days (every day is preferred). You should also keep up to date on the latest news regarding weaknesses on websites and hacking trends. This way you will possibly be able to defend or prepare yourself against the most common types of attacks out there.
Use Add-ons and Other Programs on Your Website
There are a lot of hackers out there. Luckily for you, there are a lot of programs, tips, and add-ons out there that will help your website stay strong and/or useful, especially if it is on WordPress or another common platform with a lot of modification support out there.
There isn’t any specific advice for picking out these programs other than that you should double check on them by searching to see if they truly are useful and security programs, and then to make sure that it will be the right fit for your particular kind of website.
Finally, if you do use these kinds of programs, then you should make extra sure to try and update as often as updates are available. Hackers will not resort to using old tricks when new tricks are available and more effective against unprepared websites. If you think a program or add-on is becoming obsolete than feel no remorse in tossing it aside and picking up one that will give your website the protection that it deserves.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
When you are on the go and working on the website you are absolutely going to want to use a VPN. The reason for this is that when you are out on the go and you need to check up on your website or perhaps even edit something on it, you are going to likely use a public network. Public networks, however, are extremely problematic to use and there are hackers out there who are just waiting for you to access the unsecure network so they can intercept your data (this includes the password to your website).
What a VPN will do is it will create a secure connection between your computer and an offsite server and effectively create a barrier between your data and the hacker being able to access it. This way you will have both privacy and security and your website will be all the better for it.
Another benefit of using a VPN is that it will often protect anyone from finding out your own IP address. This means that you will be much safer from crippling DDOS attacks or any other hacking attempts that require the knowledge of your personal IP address.
I hope that these tips help you make your website an impenetrable fortress against those who would seek to do it harm. Thank you for reading.