One of the most frightening things that can happen to you is to log onto your website to find that it has been hacked. If it can happen to major companies and institutions (such as Harvard University) it can certainly happen to you! Hacking has become so widespread that there are even websites that offer software packages purchase that completely automate the process.
Steps to Preventing Hacking
If you are on the WordPress platform, there are three simple steps that you can take to lessen the chances of your site being hacked.
- Change your WordPress log-in username from “admin” to something longer and more complicated. Most hacking software packages are designed to attempt repeated log-ins using “admin” and then trying a series of common passwords, so using a different log-in name will help to thwart them.
- Use a highly secure password. If your password is “12345” or “password” or something equally common, you are just asking to be hacked. Use WordPress’ built-in password generator or else come up with a password having at least 15 characters, including numbers and punctuation marks.
- Make sure to keep all plug-ins and themes, as well as your WordPress software, updated to the latest versions. Whenever a security flaw is discovered in a WordPress plugin or other element, hackers worldwide jump into action to try to exploit the vulnerability before web masters have the chance to update their software. Don’t be one of them.
What do I do When My Site has Been Hacked?
Contact us immediately! We will have our malware removal specialist go to work right away to have your site disinfected and all malware eliminated. We can also implement additional measures to prevent your site being hacked again in the future. Depending on your needs, this can range from the installation of simple software that monitors hacking attacks and locks out log-in attempts, to customized, real-time site monitoring. You’ve spent a lot of time and money building up your website and your business. Don’t let a hacker destroy it all.