We live in a world of passwords, everything we have is controlled with a password including your website. You have just launched a website, you’ve made it look exactly how you like it , you’ve installed some plugins and you’ve created some blogs and pages. You’ve put a lot of time, effort, energy and money into your new site. One day you go to your site to check things out and you are directed someplace else.
OH NO, WHAT HAPPENED? HAVE YOU BEEN HACKED!
Before you get to this point here are some preventative measures you can take to help protect your website.
Use A Strong Password
Many people use easy passwords like “abc123″. Having a strong password is one of the most crucial components in website security. Make your password complicated so even “you” can’t remember it!
Update your website platform and scripts
Make sure any platforms like WordPress, Joomla or scripts you’ve installed and are up-to-date. Because many of these tools are created as open-source software their code is easily available to hackers. Check these things with your designer or developer and make sure they are keeping taps on your website.
Update your computer software regularly, use anti-virus and firewall software, and scan your computer for malware. (Malware is a software intended to damage or disable computers and systems). When you get emails that look suspicious don’t click on any links that are unfamiliar as that could infect your system.
Backup your database and files
If you do get hacked having a backup of your website, will take a lot of the stress and required time away from getting your site live again. If your hosting your website with your developers ask them if they offer backups. Whoever your hosting with I would check this out and take the steps needed to make sure your site is being backed up.