Trying to stay ahead of hackers can be a very tricky and time-consuming process. However, by getting to grips with some of the most common methods of entry to your website, your online security can significantly improve.
In the article below we will highlight 3 of the most common ways hackers can gain entry to your website.
No. 1 – Compromised Passwords
It will probably come as no surprise to know that attackers use a variety of automated methods of guessing passwords until they get the right one.
To help make things as difficult as possible we recommend 2 steps.
- Ensure you use different passwords for each platform
- Wherever possible, use a secure password (a password containing random letters, numbers and characters)
You can quickly and easily create secure passwords by clicking here.
It’s absolutely essential to avoid re-using passwords because once hackers have identified a working combination of username and password, they are almost certain to try all other services to see if they can gain access to those as well.
No. 2 – Not Updating Your System
Ensuring that Windows and any software which you may use are updated regularly is extremely important to avoid unnecessary risks
A recent ‘ransomware’ attack used a vulnerability in older versions of Windows to access PC.
It is not possible to overstate how important it is to periodically check for software updates for your site in order to correct any existing vulnerabilities.
Please Note – The best course of action is often to set up automatic updates for your software. This will ensure that even if you forget, any updates should automatically be installed without you having to take any further action.
For more on the recent ‘Ransomware’ story, please click here.
No. 3 – Keep All WordPress Themes & Plugins Up To Date
The use of plugins and themes with WordPress offer a fantastic way to increase the usability, functionality and look of your website. However, it must be noted that outdated themes and plugins can be a major source of vulnerabilities on websites
The good news is that through the dashboard of your WordPress website, you should be able to keep all themes and plugins up to date.
These are just a small number of the methods of entry which hackers can use to attack your website but the good news is that it is possible to take steps to beef up the security of your website.
If you would like to put your website in the hands of a company who can help to keep it safe, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.
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