How to protect your website from hackers

(Last Updated On: December 19, 2015)

When you are a webmaster or small business owner going at it alone, it’s scary to think of seeing all your work wiped out by a wicked hacker.  People work hard on their websites so remember to take the time and protect it.  You can use simple basic hacking tools by implementing these into your website.  Keep platforms up to date and make sure websites or scripts you have installed are up to date.  Many of these tools are created as open source software programs and the codes are easily available.  These codes are also easily available to malicious hackers as well.  Hackers can study the codes and look for security loopholes.  These loopholes let the hacker take control of your website.  The hackers exploit known platform and script weaknesses.

Check out security plugins that prevent against hacking attempts.  If you use WordPress they offer free plugins like “better WP Security” and “Bulletproof Security”.  These products help address weaknesses that are present in each platform, and foil hacking attempts that could threaten your website.  Take a look at Site Lock which closes security loopholes by providing daily monitoring from malware detection to active virus scanning and more.  If you have a business that relies on your website, then Site-Lock is a good choice for you.  Sit Lock is definitely worth the investment.

Lock down your directory and file permissions because all websites boil down to a series of files and folders.  These are stored on your web hosting account.  Each of these files and folders are assigned a set of permissions that controls who reads them, writes and executes these files and folders.  This can be a bit technical because on the LINUX operating system, permission is viewable as a 3 digit code where each code is a number between 0 and 7.  The first digit means permission for the owner of the file.  The second digit gives permission for anyone else that is designated to the group that owns the file and the 3rd digit gives permission for all others.  Here is an example, take the permission code 459.  In this case the “4” is in the first position to give the file owner the ability to read and write the file.  The “5” in the second position means that the group users can read the file.  The “9” in the third position means the internet users at large can read the file only and protects the file from unexpected manipulations.

These are just tips for website owners to use to prevent hackers from wiping out their pages or stealing important user information.  In addition, this is very important to many who use their website as a business or for promotional purposes.  Hackers are on the rise and cyber surveillance is also in place better than it was in the past.  In 2014, alone more hackers are expected to be able to get into emails, find databases with credit card numbers and more.  If you think turning off the location helps, you’re wrong.  Big Brother is watching you.

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HFB Advertising, Inc. is a advertising, graphic design and marketing company that works with small businesses and corporations.