If you plan on running your own website or blog these days, you’re going to have to pay quite a bit of attention to Internet security. The reality is that most people don’t even realize how vulnerable they are while browsing the Internet and transferring information, and how easy it is for a proficient hacker to get his hands on their information.
Today I’m going to be talking about how to upgrade the security of your blog or website so that you minimize the chances that you’ll be targeted by a malicious cyber attack. This can be a simple DDoS attack that temporarily knocks your website offline, but it can get much more serious than that, and can even end in the theft of private, sensitive information – sometimes even financial credentials.
To prevent all of this, you’re going to want to utilize some of these tools I’m going to introduce to you.
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The main way in which hackers manage to get access to your account and steal your information is by programming malware to do it for them. By definition, malware is any kind of software that automatically executes itself and replicates within a computer, for various purposes. Some malware is a simply code that people use to try and test security systems and expose potential flaws that need to be patched.
Some just hijack your browser and make it display ads, but if the hacker has more malicious intents in mind, information theft can happen. To protect yourself from such a scenario, you’re probably going to want to use some kind of anti-virus on your PC or device. The good news is that there are dozens of fantastic anti-virus programs out there, and many of them are completely free. I personally recommend AVG or Avira as the best I’ve ever seen for the low price of absolutely nothing.
Virtual Private Networks
Another great way to make sure you’re more secure online is to constantly browse through a VPN. The moment that your PC connects to a VPN server, your connection is immediately encrypted with the help of a secure tunnelling protocol, which makes it much more difficult for a third party to intercept and obtain any information you happen to be transmitted online.
Additionally, since IPs are intrinsic to your specific location, you’ll also receive a new IP address, which means that you’ll be much more anonymous online. VPN is one of the trusted tools to protect yourself against DDoS attacks, and here’s a list from vpnalert.com of Best DDoS Protected VPN Services.
WordPress Security Plugins
If you use WordPress for your blog or website, it’s a good idea to take a look at the long list of security plugins from WordPress itself. These are very simple to install and will provide adequate protection from all sorts of Internet-based threats, DDoS attacks, brute-force attempts and more. The most popular one and one I thoroughly recommend is WordFence, as it includes a firewall and scans your hosting for known backdoors. The moment it notices any suspicious behaviour, you’ll receive an e-mail from WordPress informing you of the threat and how to remedy it.
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Finally, in order to completely protect your website from brute-force attempts that will try to steal your password, I highly recommend that you set yourself up with some two-factor authentication tool.
Once you do, the login process that you (and anyone else wanting to access your website) have to go through will require not only your password but also a one-use code that you’ll receive by SMS when you input your password. This means that even if a hacker manages to crack your password, they’ll still need the SMS code to access your account, which they (most likely) can’t get their hands on.