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Deb Jeffreys Deb Jeffreys is an experienced Internet marketing consultant with a passion for SEO. Her specialty is helping fellow business owners drive more traffic to their websites. She also advises on website design and structure to ensure this traffic converts into sales. Deb uses ethical, Google endorsed techniques and delivers stable increases in organic search traffic. She also helps many new business owners plan their websites and web marketing strategies helping them avoid expensive mistakes. Dr Deb is also a NSW registered Vet and owned a busy practice for many years so she understands business. She has always had a passion for marketing and built her first website in the mid 1990s to promote her Veterinary business. Her websites have come a long way since then...

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Smart Website Security – How Safe is Your Site?

January 18, 2013 | Deb Jeffreys

Take control of your debt management before it takes control of you.

The more successful your website…the more vulnerable you are to hacking!

Criminals like to infiltrate sites enjoying lots of traffic so their messages go out to a wider audience – I guess this is one of the prices of success! Joomla, Drupal and WordPress websites are particularly prone to hacking.

Hacking damages your site and broadcasts messages you do not want to be associated with. Unless you have a secure off-site back up it will cost you down time and cash to fix up your site. Also Google will probably blacklist you.

Here’s my guide to increasing your website’s security.

Use Strong Passwords and Change them Regularly

Many, many people use the same password for all their online activity. Big mistake!

I suggest you use a free and secure online password storage system like Passpack or LastPass.

Use the system’s password generator to produce strong passwords. !nz$j@hijsr> is an example of a strong password. Your mother’s maiden is not! I would go so far as to say that you should never use an English word in online passwords.

Change your Cpanel and website login as soon as the welcoming email comes in. Think about it… if a hacker gets into your emails they have the key to your website right in front of them.

Use a different password for every online login you have and change them regularly.

Keep Local Copies of your Site and Database

Most hosting companies back up websites on their server. While this is a great service… it’s not smart to rely on it because a hacker can destroy these files.

Make sure you or someone you trust is downloading and storing regular back ups of your website and database. If you have a big site with regularly changing content I suggest you do this at least weekly.

Update your CMS

When you login to the back end of your website you will generally see an update notice at the top of the screen when a new version is available. If there is a new version of WordPress available for your site – install it! Older versions of these programs have known security vulnerabilities.

Plug-ins and themes are a common way in for hackers. Make sure you only install trusted plug-ins and update them regularly. Remove any plug-ins you no longer need.

Keep your Server Clean

Do your housekeeping and keep your server clean. Ask your developer to remove any older versions of your site together with any unused files and folders.

Has your website ever been hacked? We would love you to tell us about your experience. Do you have any website security tips to add to this list?