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How to protect your website from computer hackers

By Edited Oct 22, 2015 0 1

When the internet started, it was mainly schools, companies and government organizations that created their own website. Nowdays, it is rare to find anyone who doesn't use the internet in some form. Many people are also not just passive users of the internet, but they are active producers of content and everyone wants their own space on the internet to become a little bit famous.

The cost of domains and web hosting is now very cheap and in some cases even free, there are few barriers for people wanting to create their own website. You used to have to be a bit of a geek to know how to code HTML and program your own website, but now there are numerous open source tools that allow virtually anyone to start their own website.

Software such as Wordpress, makes it possible for anyone to start their own blog with the click of a mouse. These software tools are simple to use and manage, but at the same time they are often the targets of computer hackers.

Usually the code of these software tools like Wordpress is freely available, making it vulnerable to security weaknesses. When a security vulnerability is found, the vulnerability is announced and a patch is quickly released to fix the hole. The problem is that people often don't update their software immediately like they should, giving hackers the chance to exploit the vulnerability.

Wordpress is improving the technology and it is getting easier to get your site updated to the latest version. If you install any of the thousands of plugins to your Wordpress install they can also be vulnerable to attack.

It is important to decide if you really need the plugin on your site. If you do install a plugin and use it on your site, make sure you keep it updated.

When you set the administrator password for your website, make sure it contains a combination of numbers, upper and lower case characters and special characters like &%$! which make it difficult for computer hackers to guess. Another security tip is to create the administrator user name something different from "admin" or "administrator".

Weak file permissions is another entry point for computer hackers. Some software scripts require you to change the permission on files or folders to enable them to run. Many webmasters follow the installation instructions given to install the script, without thinking that they could be making it easy for computer hackers. The permission level "777" is the weakest and allows anyone to upload files to your webserver. It should be avoided at all cost. If you have any questions about file permissions, you should check with your hosting provider.

Make sure you keep regular backups of all of your files and databases. If you do run into trouble and your website is hacked, the easiest way to recover your site is from a recent backup. Make sure you change all of your passwords after you recover the website and look for any vulnerabilities where the hacker could have gained access.

While easy to use and install open source scripts such as Wordpress and Joomla have made it easy for just about anyone to set up a website, people need to be vigilant at keeping it updated with the latest versions to prevent computer hackers from deleting files or defacing your website. Using strong passwords and keeping all of your software updated with the latest versions will help keep your website protected.

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Sep 28, 2010 4:02pm
mcimicata
Great piece of writing that was well written!
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