Monday, 30 April 2012

How To Make Your Website Hack-Free

Getting your website hacked can considerably be one of the most unpleasant experiences that you can encounter.  However, in the unfortunate event that it happens to you - you will have to immediately check the extent of damage that the hacker has done, and ensure that necessary maintenance is done to get your website up and going.  Remember, hacked sites do not only get information altered and deleted, but it may also be the reason why you might end up losing your business as well.

So, to avoid getting hacked by pranksters and professional hackers, you must perform extra precautionary measures to ensure that your online business won’t be experiencing such untoward incidents.

Here are some easy measures that you can do to avoid being hacked.

Install antivirus/antimalware software – though some may think that these software do not have any significant use (because hackers can still find a way to get into your system) – but this is not entirely true.  Why?  Because antivirus programs actually will immediately alert you if somebody is trying to get into your system.

Without an antivirus software, your website will be free for the taking, which is like taking candy from a baby.  Hence, if pranksters want to get to your system, let them work for it - and by the time they do, alerts will probably have appeared to inform you of the activity.

However, you must bear in mind to buy only original installers, or download installers and corresponding plug-ins from official websites.  Otherwise, you might only be downloading and installing another virus instead of an anti-virus.

Beware of files sent from unknown websites – most antivirus programs will alert you, if you are about to receive any unknown file coming from another website. This can be quite common among porn sites - where visitors tend to just click on links that direct them to other pages and sites.  And obviously, if you don’t have an updated version of your antivirus program – then you probably won’t notice that you are already downloading some malware.

Another thing is that when you are downloading files like mp3s or torrents from unknown sites, or from sites that pop-out when you do your searches, the tendency is that after you extract the mp3 or the torrent file a malware goes with it.  So, again, prudence must always be exercised here.

Secure backups of your files – let’s just say that hackers did get into your system because you failed to make precautions – then at least you can copy clean information from your backup files.  This will also work if the virus or malware deleted the files in your system.code

In other words, make sure that you update your backup files regularly - so that you don’t lose any information in case your system is compromised. As much as possible, secure your backup files in an external location, such as external hard drives or you can send your files to your email.

Update you antivirus/antimalware software – it doesn’t mean that since you’ve already installed an anti-virus, that you will no longer be vulnerable to hackers. Why?  This is because hackers also update their malwares to override antivirus programs.  Hence, for your system to remain secure you will need to update your antivirus regularly.

Besides, as we all know, one of the essentials in an online business is to keep everything updated – from the graphics, to the system and everything else.  So, as much as possible, include you antivirus in your update list.

Fortunately, anti-virus companies provide free updates at least once a month.  This is to give additional information and features to combat the latest malwares and viruses, as well as to update the virus definition. You can also decide to upgrade and install the latest versions of antivirus software to make sure that you have the edge when it comes to security.  Usually, companies release a new version annually.

Check forums for security updates – forums have regular updates on how to optimize website security, and how to avoid hackers.  Check for online security websites as to what to do to maximize security. This is to give you additional ideas as to how you can actually combat the problem as efficiently as possible.

Aside from updates, you can also see comments from experts as to what the best brands of antivirus programs you can use, as well as the best upgrades and plug-ins to go with it.

These are just some the ways to keep your site as hack-free as possible.  Just remember that though there may be some unscrupulous persons who are out there to destroy web systems and sites – they are certainly no match for those who come prepared.  In other words, prevention is the key here.

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