When it comes to hacking no website is absolutely safe. It may have dire consequences: website performance decrease, valuable information loss, content blocking, password theft, etc. To minimize the risks, it is important to ensure the security of the server, hosting and the computer from which the admin panel is accessed. If you want to learn how to do this, please read our new article.
We offer you a number of recommendations to minimize the risk of site hacking.
- Keep usernames and passwords in a safe place. Credentials should be stored in special password managers. Never use plain text files, Total Commander, browsers or FTP clients to store credentials. Change your passwords regularly, especially after giving them to third parties. Avoid simple short passwords.
- Backup your files. Many hosting providers offer automatic backup services, but excessive caution does not do harm. Make it a rule to perform backups with regular frequency (every 1-2 weeks, for instance).
- Use secure protocols. FTP is not safe, so files can be intercepted during the transfer on the network. To enhance security, it is necessary to access the site through a secure version of the protocol like SFTP or SSH.
- Regularly update your CMS. Download extensions, plug-ins for control panels and other software only from official and reliable sources. Never download and run suspicious files.
- Install an antivirus program. Reliable antivirus and firewall with support for regular updates must be installed on all computers that have an access to the server.
- Regularly check the security of the site. Monitor user activity on the hosting and site control panel (if access is available to several people). This allows you to immediately find out about cracking attempts. Watch for new files that appear in the directives. Inspect the code.