Written by Noah Britton on 07/03/2017

People often ask me why anyone would want to hack their website. Well… are three main reasons they want to breach your security.

  1. They want your website to send out spam.
  2. They want data your website may contain such as mailing list details, credit card information, or user passwords
  3. They want to install code that will download malicious software onto your website visitor’s machines

How do you avoid being hacked?

  1. First of all use ridiculously secure password to your backend website. Store this password in a program such as LastPass so you never need to remember it.
  2. Rotate your passwords every quarter
  3. Don’t use the same password on other accounts. Remember if you use a program like LastPass you’ll never need to remember it, even while using your phone.
  4. Never use admin as a username
  5. If you use WordPress sure your themes/plugins/and the core software are up to date weekly
  6. Also if you use WordPress install and configure security plugins like WordFence and BruteProtect
  7. Finally, Host with a company that has ridged security protocols. That $3 a month hosting might not be your best option.

How do you know when your website is down?

Let Pingdom do that for you. It’s easy to sign up for a free account that will monitor your website.

What do you do if your website goes down?

First, contact your web host or web developer in charge of your website. You’ll need your host login to do this. From there open up a ticket saying your website is not loading and includes a screenshot. For faster action give you host a call just be prepared to wait in line unless it is managed hosting such as Flywheel or Kinsta.

For more info on how to secure your WordPress Website, read our full guide.

Noah Britton

Noah Britton is the founder of Thrive with 18 years of experience in the web industry and 10 years with WordPress.