General Security advice

It goes without saying that securing your website is extremely important. Below are some best practice tips for securing your website and helping to avoid a hacker ruining your day.

  1. Use the most secure file and folder permissions possible, if your site can run with the read-only set then it should otherwise only enable write permission of files or folders that explicitly need it e.g. Uploads folder.
  2. Use complex passwords with 8 characters or more and containing numbers and special characters, use of a secure password generator like that comes with the free LastPass browser plug-in can make generating and storing these passwords much easier.
  3. If you are using one of the popular open-source website apps like WordPress or Joomla always keep it up to date and don't forget any third-party plug-ins you might use which are commonly the attack vector used by hackers.
  4. Do a security audit of your website, we offer security audits for a small fee and they can save you time understanding where your site may be lacking is security.
  5. Change passwords regularly.
  6. Store website files that do not need to be accessed directly by a web browser below the webroot folder.
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