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Why is website security so important? Because hacking attempts are increasing day by day and your very new website or blog can be a target too.
Before diving into the details, here is something which happened to me back in 2017.
So I started this blog and I was looking for a web host that offers some good shared web hosting service.
So finally I found a company which actually got some good reviews all over and I chat with their live support, it was quick and effective and I decided to go with them.
The plan costs me around $7/Month and the performance was good and everything seems good.
After 7 months, one day I found that my website was hacked. So I re restored from a backup file which was not compromised.
So what I did next was, I did a reverse DNS lookout and checked other websites hosted on my website to check if they are compromised too. As expected, the whole server was hacked and other websites were also infected.
Although we cleaned up the website, I was kinda worried about the security as I was sure that the hacker found a vulnerability and another hack could happen again so I asked them for a pro-rated refund.
They said that they can not offer me a refund and accused me that the hack occurred because I was using an outdated theme, I explained to them that I use a secure theme from a good theme author Mythemeshop and also explained to them that I did a reverse DNS search and I know your whole server is hacked. When they realised that I know what happened, they initiated a refund without any trouble.
So, this incident shows that security is always important as support or performance is. I survived because I kept backups of my websites. You should need a balance between these three and I do think you should compromise on price to get better security and performance.
Why website security is important
Internet is evolving every day and those days where you simply sit and code your website concept is gone. Now we have content management systems available which helps us to build any kind of websites and which also makes the whole process a lot easier.
This made everyone adopt a CMS and WordPress is most popular among them. While millions of webmasters and bloggers are using WordPress, hackers on the other side are trying to find a backdoor so that they can use the same bug to exploit as many websites as they can.
This made WordPress a favourite choice of hackers. They target other CMS such as Joomla and Drupal as well.
Reason for hacking attempt can vary, some might have a clear cut intention such as getting access to the server or using your website for them to inject some malicious code and get your user’s info and some even do it just for fun.
So it’s clear that there are so many looking to try to hack into your website and that’s why it is important to take your website security important. You don’t have to be a technically sound person to implement some security measures.
How to prevent hacking
1. Choose a reputable WebHost
Choosing a reputable web host is the first step towards a secure hosting environment. Of course, they might charge you more than those cheap web hosts out there but these reputed hosting providers are investing in security as well.
They will have a secure server, they install antivirus software on their servers like immunify360 and will have a WAF and other security measures. So whatever extra money you are paying to them, is worth it.
Free web hosting? Always no! It comes with limited liability and will give lots of trouble. Read our post regarding free web hosting to know why it’s bad for your blog.
2. Install a security plugin
Installing a security plugin is the first thing to do after installing WordPress. This will help you to prevent most common types of automated attacks such as brute force attacks. In fact, there are so many security plugins out there. You must test all or most of them and chose the one which suits best for you.
There are many plugins available such as Wordfence and Sucuri. We have an article that tells you about some great WordPress security plugins.
3.No nulled themes
Nulled themes are also a big no. just imagine, if someone is giving you a paid theme for free, there will be an intention behind it. Nulled themes often come with malicious in the theme and may also contain backdoors which they would exploit later.
This is why nulled themes are not a good option. There are reputable theme developers who offer free themes, if you need extra functionalities of a premium theme, See our article about some theme developers who offer great themes at an affordable price. Read this post to know how a nulled theme can harm your website.
Attacks towards websites are increasing day by day especially those are running on popular CMS scripts such as WordPress. You can avoid many such by doing a few things from your side and these are explained in this article. To implement these and remember these are only a few tips and there are so many things which you can do such as avoiding user names like “Admin”.
It is always good to be cautious and keep an eye on your website’s security.