Has your website been hacked?

Online security is more relevant today than ever before.  Cybint estimates that there is a website attack every 39 seconds.  The websites that we manage have seen an increase in the number of attacks in recent months. There are several basic steps you should take to protect your precious online data.  The following four steps will help you keep your website secure.

Robust password

First, create a difficult to guess password for your website login.  Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.  Password length is important.  The longer, the better.  Don’t reuse the same passwords for different accounts.  Use a password generator to create a password for you if you can’t come up with one yourself.  We use LastPass to generate random passwords.  Passwords vary in length but they are all 12 characters or more in length.  Use a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as #, $, and %.

Update themes and plugins

Second, keep your website software updated.  For instance, if you use WordPress, ensure you apply all updates on a regular basis.  Also update your plugins.  You should set up a regular maintenance schedule so that you keep your website software updated. Always test updates before blindly installing them. Ask you web hosting provider how often they update their software (such as apache, php, and nginx).  Sign up for available security announcements.  Over time, your website accumulates plugins and add-ons as you try different functionalities.  Delete those that you no longer use.

Install a security plugin

Third, install security software on your website. For WordPress websites, the two most popular plugins are Wordfence and Sucuri. We install Wordfence on all of our websites and receive regular updates on the number of attacks each website get. Some security plugins also send notices when there are software updates available. Wordfence is a great tool for keeping your WordPress website secure from being hacked.

Use Google Search Console

Finally, use Google Search Console.  Google Search Console will let you know if there are any issues with your website.  You can also set up Google Alerts.  Google will inform you of any suspicious activity on your site. A Google Search Console is free to set up and provides valuable data on your website security and performance.

Having your website hacked is not a pleasant matter.  A security breach can provide access to protected data (such as client names, emails, credit info, etc.).  Not only is a data breach costly, but your website loses visitors and your business suffers from a lack of online confidence. Ensure you follow the above four recommendations to protect your website from unwanted attacks.

Need help securing your website?

Let’s chat!

Share This