How to Protect your Website/Account from Hackers
written by Daniel Carrizales
How many of us knew about all the data on Facebook or any other website? Sites that contain private information are some of the spots that hackers try to target the most. Although many of these hackers are good at what they do, there are sites that know how to protect their member’s valuable information.
You may not know it but there could be a hacker trying to enter your social media account, bank account, or website at this very moment. It only takes one second for a hacker to enter millions of different password combinations. Kind of scary, right? But don’t worry, there are great methods designed to prevent internet hackers from destroying your website or stealing your private account information.
Keep it Fresh.
Times are changing which mean that hackers are coming up with new ideas to infiltrate your valuable information. The great thing is that the internet offers tech sites that can help you update your security. You can follow newsletters like Securi that can help keep you protect your website.
Yes, company websites should be updated for security to help keep your information safe. Although that may be true, we must download and install the updates on our digital devices for these updates to work. For example, every application update that Facebook and Twitter send us contains patches that help make our “Social Media” time safe. For this reason, I choose to allow all my applications to automatically update.
Install a Firewall
Make sure you install a Web Application Firewall for your website. If you are navigating on the web, make sure your firewall is up and running. If you are using a web design site like WordPress, there are good security plugins you can install to protect your website. Most of these plugins require a payment method to unlock their premium features but the free versions work well for the most part.
Update your Passwords
Something most of us fail to do is updating our passwords. You need to make sure to change your important passwords about every two months. Although it is something we don’t want to do, it helps boost your account security. Make sure that:
-Passwords are from 10-14 characters long
-Passwords are made up of alphanumeric characters
-Passwords are not related to personal information
-Characters are not repeated or in sequential order
A good way to check if your password is good enough is by using Password Meter.
Use the Secure version
For those of you who own a website with credit card information and/or logins; make sure you provide the HTTPS protocol for your website. HTTPS validation can also help your website rank higher on the Google. And unsecured sites are now being pointed out by Chrome and other browsers as well.
When you’re surfing the web, you can check if you are using the secure version of a website. If you pay close attention to the URL address, you may spot HTTP, just HTTP, or www before the website’s title. The HTTPS is the secure version of the site and we highly recommend you use this protocol; especially when you are logging into your accounts that hold valuable information.
Keep your Admin Pages a Secret
Make sure you never allow your administrative page to be indexed by a search engine. If they are easy to reach, hackers are more likely to get in and steal from or destroy your website. You can use a robot.txt file to keep search engines from indexing your admin page.