Hackers exist to cause trouble. If you or someone you know has ever had their website hacked, then you know exactly how much trouble they can cause. It can set a small business owner back financially. You lose time and money. Not to mention the serious amount of stress and anxiety getting hacked can cause.
However, there are steps you can take to protect your website from hackers. Some are simple. Others require a few steps and some of your time. In the long run, it’s worth it if you can avoid being hacked.
This is a simple step. Create unique passwords that use a combination of letters, symbols and numbers. It should be a password no one could guess. Protect this password passionately. And change it regularly. Also password protect any sensitive information, databases or scripts. This may seem like a tedious step; however, it’s also the simplest way to protect your website from hackers.
This simple little line of code accomplishes something quite effective. It tells search engines to index certain pages and to not index others. If your pages are not indexed, no one – including hackers – will be able to easily find them. So what pages do you want to keep private? Any webpage that is meant for webmasters only.
#3 Email Addresses
This one is a bit more troublesome to some business owners. You want your email address to be available for your customers and prospects. However, hackers like to use email addresses to get into your site. Many experts recommend NOT publishing your email address anywhere. Instead, they recommend using a contact form.
#4 File Permissions
Make sure the permissions on your uploaded files are set to chmod. If you’re not sure how to do this, check with your web host. It’s generally a simple setting choice on your server.
Keep your files up to date. That means staying on top of any updates to your programs, plug-ins and website platform. Developers are constantly changing and updating to protect your website and information. Stay ahead of the hackers by keeping your files up to date. Also remove any old or unused files.
#6 Protect the Source
Protect your source code from hackers who can simply cut and paste it to create a new site. There are simple scripts you can use to protect your source code and to keep it invisible.
If you’re unsure how to manage any of these steps, contact your website developer or host. They should be able to guide you through the necessary steps. Protecting your website from hackers is a hassle but not nearly as much as a hassle as recovering from being hacked!