If your website has not been hacked before, do not give hackers the chance to do so. And if it has been hacked, and you were able to recover it, do not give them another. It is never a good experience. These guys are heartless. Once they take over your website, they will immediately turn it into whatever they like. I have seen a school website turned into a porn site.
Two months ago my website was hacked. After it was recovered by my hosting company. I researched how to prevent hackers from taking over my website. ( You may also like to read what to do to prevent hackers from taking over your website). If your website has been hacked and you do not know what to do, please contact your hosting company to help you to recover it. They usually have backups for every site they are hosting. When you recover your website, please endeavor to protect it by using the following measures:
1. Use a strong password: It is recommended that you use a strong password with eight characters or more with a mixture of special characters and numbers. Also, avoid using your name, birthdays, state of origin, etc. These passwords are easy to guess.
2. Use security software or plugins: Security software or plugins are very vital in protecting websites. Always use plugins or software from trusted sources. Examples of good security plugins are; Wordfence security, Bulletproof security, Login lockdown, Two-factor authentication, etc.
These plugins were recommended to me by my hosting company. And I must say that they are doing a great job on my site. Since I started using them, I have not heard any course to fear again. Wordfence me an email anytime someone tries to log in to my site. And I have lost count of the number of the users that they have locked out of my site.
They have free and paid versions. However, every business needs money to sustain itself. So if you want to get the best protection, it is advised to go for the paid version.
3. Backup your site regularly: Regular backup of your website is important. Always ensure that you backup your site before you apply any changes to your site.
4. Update your plugins and themes regularly: Updating your WordPress themes and plugins often is very important, as a bug in one of these can affect your site. Ensure that you use plugins and themes from trusted sources. Many of the free themes that we use these days include base64 encoding that is used to hide malicious code. It is how hackers gain access to your site. We advise that you install themes and plugins from wordpress.org.
5. Install anti-spam plugins: Spam can cause significant harm by infecting user’s computers with malicious software capable of damaging systems and stealing personal information. It also can consume network resources.
6. Protect your hosting account password: In as much as your hosting company can help you recover your site when hackers gain access to it. You also have to play your part by protecting your hosting account password. Because if hackers gain access to your hosting account password, recovering your site becomes hard.
Note, If you have not activated two-factor authentication on your hosting account, it is recommended to do so as soon as possible. Two-factor authentication helps put extra security on your hosting account and also helps to protect your site.
7. Finally, keep your password in a safe place: Do not keep your password in a place where people can gain access to them, like your phone, laptop, etc. If you must save your password in your email, then make sure to protect your email password very well. What is your experience with hackers?
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