How to prevent your hosting account from being hacked

Hacking is a very serious issue for the today’s World Wide Web. It is important to pay a lot of attention to the security of your hosting account or any other online account. It should be well-protected against manual attacks as well as against automatized means of getting access.

We have an effective firewall system along with a set of other security measures on ours servers, as we take the security of our clients as the highest priority. Notwithstanding, the protection of some areas of your hosting account depend NOT on LekkiHost but on the owner of the account. In this article you will find several useful tips you can use to significantly improve your hosting account's security:


TIP-1: USING A SAFE PASSWORD

Having a secured password is definitely among the most important aspects of web security. Some people set a password which is easy to remember in order to avoid keeping it somewhere. It is strongly recommended to avoid using passwords which consist of dictionary words, names of your relatives, friends or pets, important dates, cities, etc. These passwords are not secure as it is really easy to find such information about you, especially if you have an account in any of social networks.

In the Internet security there is even a special term 'social engineering' which suggests that some person can get your personal data without any additional means such as special software using methods of psychological manipulation. For example, some important personal data can be gathered during several online conversations with you by means of email, forum, chat or in a social network. So in case your password is your mother's birthday, do not be surprised if your account gets hacked.

Locating how to change your password

Also, hackers have special tools for cryptanalytic attacks (also known as brute-force attacks) which are intended to get your password. The main idea of such attacks is checking all possible words until the correct one is found. Such attacks can be successful if your password is a simple word from a dictionary.

It is strongly recommended to use passwords which consist of randomly mixed lower and upper case letters, special symbols and digits. Such password’s length should be not less than eight symbols.


Changing your password




TIP-2: CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD REGULARLY

It is strongly recommended to change your password from time to time. Also, it is advisable changing the password right after receiving the Hosting Welcome email. Additionally, it makes sense to change passwords for your email accounts, WordPress accounts, Joomla accounts, etc from time to time.



TIP-3: KEEP YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD IN A SAFE PLACE

Avoid storing your hosting account or cPanel login details in a text file on your desktop, especially if you are not the only user of this computer. You can use Roboform, Lastpass or any other similar password saving software in that case.

Needless to say that it is not recommended to share your username and password with anyone.



TIP-4: PAY ATTENTION TO THE SECURITY OF YOUR COMPUTER

It is strongly recommended to have an effective firewall and antivirus software with the up-to-date databases on your personal computer. Please perform a full scan of your computer from time to time. Some viruses are intended to steal your login details and transmit them to the bad guy somewhere in another part of the world. Also, there are special applications which are known as keyloggers. They gather a log of keyboard buttons pressed by you, make screenshots of your desktop and send this information to a hacker. Such software can be detected by a good antivirus program, so do not forget to check your PC regularly.



TIP-5: SCAN YOUR WEB SPACE (You can locate the Virus Scanner from your cPanel)

To avoid having the files located in your hosting account being at hazard, it is recommended to use different means of scanning for malicious software. First of all, you can use an in-built cPanel virus scanner:

Virus Scanner

Also, you can use some free online scanners such as this one:
http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/

In order to prevent having viruses and malware on your account it is recommended to use themes and plugins only from trusted providers.



TIP-6: ALWAYS HAVE A BACK-UP

Even though backups are scheduled on our shared servers, it is recommended to keep a backup of your account somewhere in a safe place on your PC or a third-party server daily or weekly, depending on the frequency of changes you receive on your website. You can create a full cPanel backup in cPanel > Backups.

Backing up your webspace

Downloading the Backup to save



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