Many people on the internet use a type of software called CMS or Content Management System. Programs like WordPress and Joomla are a common target for attackers. The authors of these types of software publish what security updates have been implemented which if you don’t keep the software up-to-date can leave you wide open to attack. This quick blog post will help you to prevent website hacks and keep your site secure.
Think about it, you’re a hacker and you see a security issue has been patched in the latest version of WordPress. The first thing you do is start scanning the internet for the previous version of WordPress to compromise the site with ease.
Another common problem is plugins. Whilst plugins add great functionality they can also leave a wide gap in your security. If you download a plugin from an unknown website or a nulled website it is likely going to have a security flaw in the code or a deliberate piece of code that can compromise your website. You wouldn’t install an app on your phone from an unknown source. Never do the same on your website.
Prevent Website Hacks – Keeping Your Website Secure
Handy tips to ensure your website is never compromised
1- Always set WordPress or other CMS applications to auto-update. This includes the core software, plugins and your theme. Use a child theme so you don’t lose any edits.
2- Use an official plugin to automatically update everything for you each night
3- Never, ever use plugins from random websites
4- Choose a hard admin password and ensure Mod_Security is turned on inside your cPanel account
Should your website be compromised then you can follow our advice for hacked websites to help you recover your site and data.