Few months back, we had a hard time in getting SloDive out of the clutches of hackers who most probably hacked our website just for “fun”, but we the victims and the readers had to suffer in regard to content and mental peace. It was then, we realized how important it is to increase Website Security and regularly update it without any fail. Don’t wait for hackers to do their job first because although you will learn a lesson for life, but sometimes you are left with nothing.
You loose your readers trust (as they get Malware warning from your site), your sponsors, your hard earn money (in getting back the stuff) and sometimes even the last letter of your entire data. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so we have come up with some important measures you should take at once to tighten your Website security and review it periodically.
Don’t challenge and encourage Hackers to show their skills and expertise by keeping these important files in ‘public_html’ folder as this folder is visible on internet. Also keep these files password protected. Block the wp directories from search engines to hide your installations. Add Disallow: /wp-* string to your robots.txt files.
Report any security related issue to the help desk without waiting much. Its better to ask than presume things.
Update all Scripts and Applications
Whenever you get an notification regarding latest version of the Scripts or Applications you use, you should update it immediately without any delay.
Invest in a good Anti-Virus/ Spyware
All other security measures mentioned till now will be futile unless you make your Computer safe and secure for use. Don’t compromise on security by installing a “cracked Version” of antivirus. Recently one of my friend installed such “cracked version” in Kaspersky and the first message he got after installation was regarding detection of a Malware software on his computer which was the software he used to generate an activation code for the antivirus.
Free Anti-Virus Applications
There are few free applications that you can install to shoo away any Malware or Viruses. You can try and test some of these Free apps although free or Trial versions are not equipped with full features.
Whether it is your server or the Network, be extra careful to use only the trusted ones. A little casualness can cause huge losses.
Get rid of Spam with High Registration Security
In Registration Spam, fake users accounts are created on blogs as possible to add the links and text they wish to for their dazed SEO campaigns. To prevent this, go for High Registration Security. You should get rid of comment spam by installing a Comment Antispam system like Akismet or SABRE Plugin.
Make it a habit to change your Login and Database Passwords Regularly. Go for strong passwords to make it difficult to guess. You can also try Automatic Password Generators to produce Long and Strong Passwords that are extremely hard to crack. Checkout some of these Password Generator Websites
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