How to Protect Your Site Against Hackers
November 24, 2015 by Anthony Goddard
If you have ever been affected by having a hacked site, you know it’s not fun.
Hackers can hurt your IP’s reputation, hijack your secure information,remove or modify your data, inject malware in SQL databases, and place backdoors in your scripts for future attacks. Plus, hacked sites often become the target of future attacks. No doubt this makes compromised websites extremely difficult to clean and restore back to normalcy.
The best protection from falling victim to hackers is prevention. Taking a few preventative measures now can save you a ton of frustration later.
Up-to-Date Scripts and Installations
Hacks are most commonly compromised through existing scripts, such as plugins or other third party extensions. These are generally not thoroughly tested and hackers can scan domains for any sites using these known vulnerable scripts to gain access. To prevent attacks, limit the use of plugins and extensions and delete the files of any that you do not need.
Another common vulnerability is out-of-date scripts and installations, such as your WordPress or Joomla installation, themes, plugins, etc. Often the updates to these tools are security patches to holes that hackers have found, so be sure to update your scripts whenever you see updates are available.
Installing firewall protection software is also very helpful. SiteLock is helpful for both protection and malware removal. It scans daily for malware and SQL injections, has automated malware removal, blacklist monitoring, reputation management with major browsers and search engines, and also checks for out-of-date scripts on your site.
Using SiteLock not only helps prevent compromised scripts, it also improves your site’s optimization and load time with its website acceleration features. You have the added benefit of using a global Content Delivery Network (CDN), which intelligently caches your site data across their servers, uses content minification, image optimization, and compression of static content. All of these features are easily managed within a personalized dashboard.
Site security is continually evolving to prevent attackers. Ongoing protection and regularly maintaining your site scripts will give you the best possible protection to stay a step ahead of any attackers.