Is Your Website Secured Against Hackers?

hacked website IrelandNowadays every business needs a strong online presence – a website that will attract visitors and then provide them with the information they are looking for to help them to make the decision to contact your business. But have you given any thought as to how secure your website is from hackers?

Website security is often only considered when it’s too late, and your site has been hacked. The resulting inconvenience and headaches this can cause for the business owner can be disruptive at best, and is often very damaging to any business. It’s surprising to find most business owners don’t have a crash / hack recovery service. They don’t even have a back-up copy of their website. So when the site goes down, or is the victim of a malicious hacker, the site has to be re-written from scratch.

NOT securing your website from hackers is akin to getting an alarm put on your house after the burglars have been in and cleaned out all of your valuables – while you had no house insurance!

Here are some of the many ways a hacker can gain access to your website…

 Your access codes can be too easy for a hacker to guess
WordPress is arguably the best website platform, and it utilises a username and a password to gain access. If your username is set to ‘admin’ as lots of sites are, then the hacker already has half of your access code. The rule of thumb is your username and password should be difficult and long enough that you can’t remember them. You can easily use a password manager programme such as LastPass to securely store your passwords for you.

– There is also a mistaken belief that hackers only go after big websites.
Nothing could be further than the truth. Hackers often target websites for no better reason than the fact that they can.

– Indiscriminate use of plugins.
Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of your website, and are freely available and utilized by programmers and web designers. You may have been given a list of ‘must-have’ plugins to use on your website. But sometimes these plugins can provide an open door for a hacker to gain access right into the heart of your site, bypassing all of your anti-virus protection and firewalls.

If someone is really intent on hacking into your website, then they will probably find a way to do so. But if you have your site locked down with an added layer of security added, then most likely the hacker will bypass your site to move on to easier pickings. The vital thing is you do all you can to secure your website from hackers.

To do that, make sure you ask your website provider these crucial questions –

  • Do you have a detailed crash / hack recovery plan for my website?
  • Has this recovery plan been tested recently to ensure it works?
  • Do you have a current, fully working backup of my site?

If you don’t receive confident, well thought-out answers to these questions, be very wary. Even if you have to pay a little to have these security features added, your investment is well worth it. Think of it as your insurance policy AND your alarm system.

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