You often hear about websites being hacked and 'held for ransom'. You may be asking, how does this happen or how can I prevent it from happening to my own website? We want to break down the ways websites are hacked and how you can easily prevent yourself from being a victim.
Websites can be hacked by many different means and the frustrating part is that you'll never really know how it happend. What's even worse is that you will have no idea what all they have discovered and all of the files they have infected.
Often times, website owners think their site will never become a target because their site is too small or not seeking National and International traffic. This is not how hackers think and every site is at risk. Hackers do not individually visit websites and try to hack them. They generally write a universal script and use that same script to see how many sites they can take down once executed.
Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent your websites from being hacked. Some are easy to apply and others depend on your web hosting provider.
A few common tips include:
1. Strong Passwords
2. Unique Passwords for everything (admin login, FTP, cPanel, database, etc)
3. Be careful who you give access to
4. Change your passwords periodically
5. Use a web hosting provider that takes security seriously
6. Keep all website software up to date
7. Be careful when choosing a developer to write custom code for your website
Another alternative for piece of mind is Comodo cWatch. cWatch is an 'always on, always protecting' service that blocks the bad guys and website attacks and cWatch cleans up any malware if it exists all for a low monthly rate.
Comodo is a company that has long been focused on website security. You may have seen Comodo SSL certificates on other websites or possibly even heard of cWatch by now.
Comodo recently sold off their SSL business and they are now completely focused on spreading the good of cWatch to every website owner. cWatch is a complete end to end solution and the great news is that after it is initially configured, there's nothing you need to do!
Once you've signed up for cWatch, there is a short configuration process which Comodo assists with in order to allow your website to tap into their network and protection system.
The setup consists of the following (depending on the plan you choose):
1. Establishing an FTP connection and uploading a single file to your server
2. A quick DNS change
3. Uploading your SSL Certificate to the cWatch network (if you have one)
Once your FTP connection has been established and the scanner is enabled, cWatch will scan all of your website files (no limits) and determine if any malware is present. If there is, you will be notified and cWatch will remove it for you. Your single monthly fee covers any and all cleanup instances.
Think of a WAF as putting a shield between the attacker and your website. A WAF is configured to detect harmful visitors and to keep them from even reaching your website. Once detected from cWatch's sophisticated system, they will be turned away and will never even see your web page.
The CDN is an added bonus. A CDN is a network of servers around the globe and once connected (through the DNS configuration), your site is cached on all of these servers to allow for faster loading of your site anywhere a visitor may be attempting to load your site from.
Signup for cWatch today and let the professionals at Comodo monitor and protect your websites