Websites are under constant attack by hackers and spammers. In particular Content Management Systems. The most common types of attacks are SQL injections or attempts to insert files with malicious code. Hackers can get through your website using a vulnerable plugin or component, that is why is very important to keep your extensions updated.
They could take over your hosting email account and use it to send a massive email spam campaign, which can result in your hosting provider suspending your service.
Other type of attack is placing links in your website attempting to get search engine rank for their spam pages. Most of the time these attacks are done by robots, that is why it is always a good idea to use captchas in your login and contact forms.
It is always a good idea to take preventive measures and protect your website to avoid these kinds of ugly situations. If you use Joomla!, read instructions on how to setup a firewall on your website in our Golfo Media Chicago Web Design tutorials section.
5 PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO SECURE YOUR WEBSITE:
1. Protect the administrator backend of your website with a password.
Everybody knows how to access a Wordpress website backend using /wp-admin or a Joomla website backend using /administrator.
Watch our video tutorial Joomla! 3 How to hide the administrator backend to learn this procedure.
2. Setup a Firewall.
It will secure your website but it will also help you monitor suspicious activities and provide you with the IP address related to such activities.
You can then blacklist that ip address.
Keep your Content Management System and extensions up-to-date.
Make sure upgrades are compatible with your system before making them. Always backup before doing any updates.
4. Backup your System.
Keep a backup system from where to recover your website. Keep the backups up-to-date.
Read our article on the Golfo Media chicago web design Tutorials How to Backup and Restore a Joomla! Website.
5. Get an SSL.
Getting an SSL on your domain is a great idea it will secure your website and it will also help the site rank higher on the search engines.