There is no worse feeling finding out your site has been hacked and feeling hopeless. If you have not fallen prey to a site hacker I edge you to read on.
Gone are the days when only large companies website was the target for hackers. In the past years search engines and web hosting companies have heightened their restriction on users that sends spam and build suspicious website that infest peoples computers with viruses. Hackers are resulting to more advance ways by targeting smaller companies website.
The most frequent method of attack these days is script injection. Script injection allows anonymous hackers to take over your site and server without you knowing. By the time you get flagged they have already done what they need to do with your site and server and on the move to the next victim.
How can I prevent my site from being hacked?
- The most commonly use are web forms. Any web forms that allow any type of script to be submitted to a server (database) can easily fall prey to a hacker. To prevent this from happening ensure all your forms on your site have form validation that rejects script injections.
- Out dated software and plugin for both open and close platforms such Linux and Microsoft are what hackers first look at when they find your site. Make it a priority to keep up with updates to your software.
- A week password with less than six characters and predictable words is a recipe for hackers. Do not use your pet, personal names as your password. A strong password should have a minimum of 8 characters and contain a number, a key board symbol such as a ($%#~) and a capitalized letter. It will take a hacker a life time to hack a password if you put these steps in place.
- Secure your site pages with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) a commonly-used protocol for managing the security of a message transmission on the Internet. Any page on your website that collects personal information should be secured. Understand hacking can occur wireless when you using your computer. Simply do not fill out any form that collects your personal information without an SSL encryption.
- Do not ignore server security updates and open source application upgrade release. Example are WordPress and Joomla platform require frequent updates.
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