If you spend a lot of time optimizing your site for search and to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible, then it’s foolish to ignore other crucial forms of optimization that can keep it safe and protected. After all, what’s the point of being at the top of the SERPs if you can no longer log into your site, or if someone has deleted all of the content? Protecting your site’s security should be your top priority and be number one of the hierarchy of things you consider when maintaining it.
People break into sites for many reasons – pure vandalism, to promote their own sites, to steel money and more – and they do this in a number of different ways. Here we will look at how to protect yourself from those various forms of attack.
Your Password and Username
First and foremost it’s crucial that you come up with a password and username combination that is as secure as possible. This means the login details that you use to log into your hosting account/use your FTP and the details you use for content management systems such as WordPress.
What you’re up against here is scripts written in PHP that attempt thousands of username/password combinations in minutes, starting with the most likely and then moving on to the less common. If your username is ‘JohnSmith’ and your password is ‘password’ then you should expect your account to be hacked in minutes.
Instead then come up with passwords and usernames that are statistically unlikely. This means having an obscure username as well as an obscure password, and it means using long strings of characters that include numbers and symbols. Write this down somewhere, but of course make sure to be careful that you look after the physical copy of the password too.
Your Site Security
If you have any kind of login system/web 2.0 element on your site then this can potentially leave you vulnerable to attack as well. If someone can upload files to your domain for instance, then they could use this to upload a malicious script that could re-write your site or gain them access. Make sure there are restrictions then on the types of files and the file sizes that can be uploaded.
Likewise you also need to ensure that the information of your users and visitors is similarly protected. If they can log in to their profile, then could viewing the page’s source give away those details? This is even more important if your site will be handling monetary transactions – so make sure that you get security specialists to check over your site if you do want to introduce these kinds of elements.
Your Hosting Account
The hosting account you opt for will have various security measures of its own, as well as policies regarding how it deals with lost password requests and the kinds of passwords/usernames you can use. Make sure you research this thoroughly before you decide which hosting service you want to go with, and if you can’t find the information you’re looking for on the site – ring up and have a chat.
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