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How to Protect Your Site from Hackers
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not as if cyber attacks are anything new. It’s just that they’re becoming more common and catastrophic in nature all the time.
The fact that some of the world’s biggest and most influential businesses have fallen victim to cyber attacks clearly illustrates the fact that no one is immune. Truth is, there’s nothing anyone can do to provide their websites and online assets in general with 100% flawless protection from all possible attacks.
On the plus side, there’s plenty that can be done by businesses at all levels to more effectively safeguard their websites. As is the case with many things, any efforts to thwart the attacks of hackers are better than no efforts at all.
So with this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of five simple yet effective tips to help protect your website from hackers:
UPDATE YOUR CMS
First and foremost, every new version of your current CMS released is a version you should download and install immediately. The same also applies to plugins and add-ons across the board. One of the main reasons why updates are offered on such a regular basis is to bridge existing gaps in their respective security. If you don’t regularly update your CMS therefore, you leave yourself wide open to attacks.
CHANGE ALL PASSWORDS REGULARLY
You know you should be changing your password some a regular basis, but research suggests most simply aren’t bothering. Not only this, but far too many people are still using the kinds of passwords the average hacker can guess in a matter of minutes. If you fall victim to an attack simply due to weak passwords, you really have no one to blame but yourself.
It’s pretty easy these days to keep a constant eye on who is accessing the backend of your website, along with the rest of your online assets in general. It’s also up to you and you alone to watch for signs of unusual activity and respond accordingly. Unless third parties are overseeing all such responsibilities on your behalf, you need to afford it a sufficient priority.
HIRE A THIRD-PARTY TEAM
On that note, the single best way of protecting your online assets from all possible attacks is to hire a team of professionals to take care of things on your behalf. The simple fact of the matter is that effective digital security provision really is a 24/7 job. If you lack the skills, experience, time and resources to oversee things with sufficient commitment, you could benefit from outside help.
CONSIDER YOUR HOSTING SERVICE CAREFULLY
Last but not least, your efforts to safeguard your website will only ever be as effective as your hosting service allows them to be. If hackers are able to gain access to your online assets via the hosting company itself, nothing you do can prevent this from happening. So along with considering your own efforts to thwart the attacks of hackers, you also need to consider your chosen hosting service and package very carefully.