This Basic Mistake Can Get Your Site Hacked

Have you ever locked yourself out of your own house? Frustrating, isn’t it? I did that one day awhile back, but it turned out OK as we had hidden a spare key. That reminded me of when I did this a time before. I walked around my house looking for an open window to climb through to get in. It had been nice enough at that time to have the windows open (doesn’t happen often in Texas). All the windows were locked except one. I was able to take out the screen and get in my house and let myself in the door.

So after using the spare key I now have hidden, I was thinking about that earlier time, and how easy I had made it for someone – including me – to break into my house. I took steps to fix it, steps that made my home safer and I always keep the windows locked. It reminded me how some businesses make it easy to break into – or hack – their website. If you use the default settings, for example using “Admin” as your login ID, it’s like leaving a window open just waiting for a hacker to break into your site. It’s only a matter of time before the hackers guess your password and take over your site. There are many other security settings to put in place for your web site, but one basic step everyone should take is to use a complex or random Admin ID and password. Not your name, not something easy to guess. Don’t leave the window open for the hackers to come on in.  If you didn’t set up your own site, make sure your website person does not leave the default Admin ID and password on your site.

If you’re really not sure how secure your web site is, let’s talk about it. We will take a look at your site and see if any security steps should be implemented. Don’t make it easy for hackers to take down your site. If you’re just getting started with your website, sign up for and download my report “Getting Started with WordPress” to make sure you do things right from the beginning.

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