Can I stop my website from ever getting hacked?

If you’ve even been the victim of having your website hacked, you’ll understand how horrible and distressing it can be. You’ll likely follow up by asking yourself the question “Can I stop this from ever happening again?’. We’re sorry to break the bad news, but the short answer is “no”.

Even with the best hosting and security measures in place you can still be a victim. In the news we often see large corporations, Government systems and online services having security holes exploited. Sometimes it is a failure to spend on software updates that cause these flaws, but it also can be “an inside job”, basic security problems (like using weak passwords), or leaving a physical device on a train! Human error can never be negated.

So unfortunately, for many reasons hacking can, and does, happen. But the good news is that there’s plenty you can do to lower the likelihood of having your website hacked. Here are just a few suggestions:

    1. Scan your website regularly
    2. Keep your plugins, themes, WordPress core updated
    3. Get an SSL certificate
    4. Never use ‘admin’ as a username
    5. Have as few administrators as possible
    6. Use strong passwords (and a password management tool like LastPass)
    7. Use a security plugin such as Wordfence
    8. Don’t use cheap, shared hosting so that you aren’t sharing your web space with undesirable websites

You can read more about these in our blog ‘6 ways to reduce your risk of getting hacked’.

Our Website Care Plans cover everything you need, so even if hackers somehow find a way in, we are always on hand to deal with the situation and set everything straight. We basically take that worry away (and the expense of putting things right!). Feel free to take a look at what’s included and how we can protect your website (and reputation) in as little as 48 hours.

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