People often ask me why anyone would want to hack their website. There are three main reasons why they want to breach your security.
- They want your website to send out spam.
- They want data your website may contain such as mailing list details, credit card information, or user passwords
- They want to install code that will download malicious software onto your website visitor’s machines
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You can avoid being one of the 33,000.
How do you avoid being hacked?
- First of all use a ridiculously secure password to your backend website. Store this password in a program such as LastPass so you never need to remember it.
- Rotate your passwords every quarter.
- 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.
- Never use “admin” as a username.
- If you use WordPress, make sure your themes, plugins, and the core software are updated weekly.
- If you use WordPress, install and configure security plugins like WordFence and BruteProtect.
- Finally, choose a hosting company that has ridged security protocols. That $3-a-month hosting company 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 the 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 include a screenshot. For faster action, give your host a call. Just be prepared to wait in line unless it is a managed hosting company such as Flywheel or Kinsta.
For more info on how to secure your WordPress website, read our full guide.