May 21 2010

Protect your Blog from Getting Hacked

Hacking is a commonly used term and generally it refers to the process when an unauthorized person modifies a program or changes configuration settings in order to gain access to data or files he or she is not allowed to access.

Hacking is one of the worst things that can happen to a web master. Even the most reliable web hosting provider can’t fully protect you from being hacked. In addition to the other losses you suffer, getting hacked ruins your reputation.

When you have chosen a best web host, even if it is shared web hosting provider, there are ways in which you can make your site hack-proof. Of course, if you haven’t chosen a reliable web hosting provider, all your efforts to protect your site from getting hacked are in vain. The best web hosts take security serious and they do a lot to protect your site.

Secure Operating System and Web Server Stop Hackers

Anti-hacking measures start with the security of the operating system and the web server. These are steps the best web host should take, especially if you are on a shared web hosting plan. With shared web hosting you can’t do a lot about the security of the operating system and the web server, so if you haven’t picked a reliable web host, you will pay for this dearly.

Some of the steps a reliable web hosting provider will take in order to secure the operating system and the web server are:

  • Install patches as they are released.

  • Limit access to your web server and site.

  • Disable all the services of the web server you don’t need.

  • Use password protection for files and directories. You can also password protect your files and directories from cPanel and the steps are easy. Go to Security ? Password Protect Directories and choose the files/directories you want to protect. Then in the next dialog box add the required data and this is all.


Read-Only Files and Directories

Read-only files and directories are one more obstacle for hackers. This is easy to do:

  • Go to cPanel and select File Manager.

  • In File Manager select the files you want to make read-only and click Change Permissions.

  • When the dialog box opens, leave the ticks only in front of the Read boxes and click Change Permissions in order to apply the changes.

Secure operating system and web server, as well as read-only and password-protected files and directories are not all you can do to make your site hack-proof. Firewalls and security plugins, together with secure passwords and regular backups are some additional measures to take.

The iFrame Virus

The iFrame virus is a widespread type of malware and you need to defend yourself against it. The iFrame virus adds tags to pages, thus allowing hackers to gain access not only to the visitors’ site but to the root and ftp passwords as well. You can protect your blog against the iFrame virus and here is how:

  • Format your PC in order to erase any info a hacker might get and then change your root and ftp passwords.

  • Install an anti-virus program.

  • Join an online webmasters’ community to keep pace with recent anti-hacking developments.

The measures we listed in this article are just some of the steps to take in order to make your blog hack-proof. If you take them and you have chosen a reliable web hosting provider, this will more or less make it harder for hackers to abuse your site.

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  1. aggelies said:

    Securing and always having the latest version of your CMS or Blog Platform (i.e Wordpress) is another easy and essential step against Hackers.

    May 22nd, 2010 at 10:23 am
  2. Alex Dropshipping said:

    One of the biggest problem of the internet are hackers. There have been a lot of solutions created just to prevent these hackers to get into your system but it seems that these hackers always get a new way on how to penetrate that system. These details illustrated above is really great. It is simple and effective and I believe that there is no way hackers can get through this simple tips. Its a good thing that there are article like this that you can read to help you protect your blog or your business.

    Thank you very much!

    Alex

    May 23rd, 2010 at 8:58 pm
  3. Video Character said:

    That is so true Alex, there are a lot of hackers going around. I really don’t know why they need to hack other people’s accounts or blogs. We just need to take every precautionary measure seriously and take action ASAP!!

    May 27th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
  4. aggelies said:

    Securing your PC/Laptop is becoming more difficult day by day.
    I totally agree with Alex

    June 1st, 2010 at 3:59 am
  5. Komodo Dragon said:

    I’ve seen way too many cases of especially wordpress blogs getting hacked with an iframe hack, in fact I had the misfortune of having my own blog getting hacked, I didn’t notice it for a while… and when I did… It was way too late, and I still feel the effects till this day in the search rankings, and it’s been like over 6 months since it happened! :(

    June 13th, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  6. car battery said:

    Thank you for these tips, Matthew. It’s an ongoing battle but by taking proper measures like you’ve listed, we can beat the hackers. And sorry to hear about your problems, Komodo. It must be terrible to have all that hard work be lost just because of these hacks.

    July 18th, 2010 at 9:21 am
  7. Alex Kaif said:

    thanks for the giving such a good tips for our blog.

    January 12th, 2011 at 11:33 pm
  8. p90x said:

    I have been attacked by a number of viruses on my blogs in the past. Sometimes you just have to reinstall the whole thing.

    - Robert

    March 2nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm
  9. Komodo Dragon said:

    Yea, at times, a re-install is the only option sadly. But do exhaust all other options first.

    August 2nd, 2011 at 2:15 am

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