Is your website secure? You should always check and confirm that your website is safe for visitors and that any security loopholes are closed.
This past week it was reported that GoDaddy is hosting hundreds of compromised websites. The htaccess files associated with each hacked website were causing any visitors to automatically redirect to a website containing malware. What is scary is the fact that there were hundreds of GoDaddy account holders who were completely unaware of that their site had been hijacked.
Hacked websites are always going to exist as long as there are website owners who are not doing enough to ensure that their websites are secure. Just because your website is hosted with a big company, like GoDaddy, does not in any way mean that your site is guaranteed to be secure. In fact, the false sense of security that comes with hosting a website with a big company, is what hackers prey on.
If you own a website there are 3 things that you must always do in order to ensure that your website is safe and secure. These three things are: highly unique passwords, constant monitoring and always keeping up to date with security fixes.
Use Unique Passwords
Website hackers are renowned for being able to gain high level access to a website by simply guessing the webmaster password. Many website owners use common passwords and do not pain enough attention to the importance of a highly unique password. Using mixed case letters, some upper-case and some lower-case, as well as numbers in a password can greatly increase your security.
If you own a website it is your duty and obligation to always make sure that your website is safe and secure. You must always monitor suspicious activity. Keep an eye out for any recent changes to the file structure of your website that you did not make. Always check your hosting account for any changes that may have taken place without you knowing. Also, use various online security testing tools on a frequent basis in order to verify that your site is safe. Try the Google Safe Browsing API or McAfee Site Advisor.
Stay Up To Date
Many websites use content engines like WordPress. Security fixes are constantly released with WordPress and it is extremely imperative that you stay on top of any updates or security fixes that are released. If you are using plugins or other types of site enhancements you must always make sure that you are using the latest version of each. Even though you may be up to date with WordPress does not mean you are safe, especially if a plugin you are using is not up to date and contains a major security loophole.
Is your website current hacked? If so, please contact your hosting company immediately. Do not attempt to fix the issue all by yourself, get help from others as well. If your website is currently hacked it is suggested that you take it offline until the issue is resolved. You do not want to harm your visitors and you do not want search engines to blacklist your website due to any malware that may be hosted on your website.
Hackers will not stop attempting to hijack other websites. Ignorance is no longer an excuse if you are a website owner and you did not take necessary precautions to avoid a security breach.