Every person who has an account somewhere should have a Strong Password and despite having one, it got hacked, then how to secure is also another factor.
So you’ve got a great website up and running that you can manage and update for yourself. It’s very empowering being able to edit your website without having to go back to the web developer every time, isn’t it? But what would you do if your website got hacked and you were locked out of your website?
Why I need Secure & Strong Password?
I think that a hacker would have no interest in getting into a website that has low volumes of visitors, you’ve very much mistaken. Even sites that get a few visits a day are valuable to a hacker, and the hacker can utilize it. What does the hacker have in his mind for your site? You must learn it to identify the hacker’s activity on your website.
- Spamvertising – Hackers have a different aim when it comes to utilizing your website, but all of them have one common goal. Usually, invaders use your firstname.lastname@example.org to reach the people they want to target. Hackers want to remain anonymous, so they cannot make purchases of domains. Thus they use your details to reach out people, which is usually dangerous.
- Host Malware & Viruses – Most of the invader’s priority is to reach web users computers because that’s where the real money is for them. It is true that more than 400 billion dollars stolen somehow by the hackers each year. By hacking your website, they send malicious virus and malware to the web user’s computers; then they anonymously send text information like credit card, debit card, and other bank information to hacker servers.
- Anonymous Computing – People trying to hack your website is not a good sign because the majority of the hackers have dangerous plans in their mind. They can even send emails & communicate with dangerous people, by using your website they will remain hidden. Hackers can use your site as a communication device, and this helps them mislead cyber police.
How do I stay protected with Strong PAssword?
Most user-editable websites have some form on online log-in that needs a username and password to let you into the editing ‘backend’. We spoke to our friend Simon at Way fresh, a leading web development agency in the North East, the UK about how to keep a website secure with a strong password. Here’s what he recommended.
- Don’t use any password that is related to what you do. Your password needs to guess proof completely. So, if you’re an online bike shop don’t be so obvious as to use something like cycle123 as your password.
- Your password needs to be memorable – (though most systems have a reset password link, just in case you do forget)
- Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Add a few punctuation marks or symbols such as &,! Or?
- Try using a few common but unrelated words to make up your strong password e.g. Far, From, Fright and Fear. When turned into a strong password that would be Far from Fright & fear – you can see that combination has a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, has a symbol in it and is fairly easy to remember.
Strong Password Construction Guidelines
There is no such thing as Guidelines for strong password construction because what you read online is also readable by the hackers, right? Assume yourself in the place of a hacker; then you will create a countermeasure for those rules, right?
Always create your ideas and never follow article that teaches you the creation of password because it is visible to hackers and it is also possible that the hackers themselves are suggesting it to you.
What do I do if I suspect my site has been hacked?
In many cases, you will not notice a thing for weeks, and It happened to many WordPress users last year. Let us suggest few things that you should do once a week to check if your site is in control or not.
1 – Check users list because hackers create new admin users to connect anytime.
2 – You will find newly added pages that you never created.
3 – Most of your post will be edited, and you will also find links added to it.
4 – Your website or a page is redirecting to some random page.
5 – You are unable to log in.
These are five things, which we have seen on many sites.
So, how do they get access to your account?
Emails: We receive an email every day from anonymous people saying that we earned an SEO AUDIT. Never accept those emails because they are not good for your site.
Confirm: Are you receiving a confirmation emails? Never accept them.
Weak Password: Make sure your Hosting account & website administrator account has a strong password.
Malware or Virus: We have seen many website administrators save their password in a text document, and then your PC is infected, thus getting hacked. Always save the password in your mind, not on a text document.
Virus, Adware, Malware, and Trojans exist to copy your files and send them to hacker’s servers, and then use them to their advantage. Let us know your thoughts and how do you protect yourself in the comment section.