Being a business owner is stressful enough without worrying about your website being hacked. 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.
How can you secure your website from hackers? There are many ways to do it. 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. Avoid names, birthdays and anything else that reflects any portion of your life.
Protect this password passionately. Although there are password respositories available, your most imnportant ones (bank account, merchant accounts, etc.) should be stored inside your head. Passwords need to be changed regularly as an added security precaution. And change it regularly.
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
As a business owner You want your email address to be available for your customers and prospects. Unfortunately hackers can use these email addresses to break into websites. Many experts recommend NOT publishing your email address anywhere. Instead, they recommend using a contact form. Contact forms can be generated through your autoresponder program or, if you use WordPress, through a variety of plug-ins.
#4 File Permissions
#5 Protect the Source
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 sahead of the hackers by keeping your files up to date. Also remove any old or unused files.