According to Google, getting “hacked” is the main concern for website owners and rightly so, as Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked over the last year.
- Strong Password for FTP or Content Management Access. The general rule is use letters, upper and lower case, numbers, and symbols in your passwords, but the best protection of all is to have a long password. And it should go without saying that you should not use the same password on multiple accounts. Use 1Password to protect yourself and keep from going crazy, and while you’re at it, check out A Few of My Favorite Apps.
- Keep your software updated. Next to weak or compromised passwords, outdated software is the next most common reason a site gets hacked. Failing to apply patches and keeping your software on current versions is an invitation to hackers to seek out your site.
- Hosting. Not all hosting companies provide the same level and quality of services. Some popular platforms require more frequent updates. Ensure that your provider has a security policy in place to provide timely operating system updates to protect your hosting space.
- Use Webmaster tools provided by Bing and Google and hosting services site statistics when available. These tools can help you identify security concerns with your domain.
If you have ever experienced a site hack, you know how expensive and time consuming it can be to clean up the mess. If you have not, be forewarned that it may only be a matter of time before your site gets attacked. Make sure you have not left any doors open for the hackers to simply walk through.