Welcome to Episode 35 of the easy SEO and more podcast. And today I’m going to talk again, about how to stop hackers.
back in Episode 33, I did “Never get Hacked Again.” Which of course, doesn’t mean you’ll never get hacked, but it’s a way of making it difficult for hackers to get into your website. Now, here’s the reason why: Look at the report above that I just got about my website, Port Bell SEO.
And if you look at it, the top line in the gray are talks about probing for vulnerable code. 191 people tried to find vulnerable code on my website in the past seven days. 191!
Some of that might be computers but is more likely people actually going in and trying to find vulnerable code.
“Vulnerable Code” means basically apps that are old. Maybe your WordPress version isn’t completely up to date, maybe one of the apps you’ve installed on it isn’t completely up to date. You may have an application that is no longer active, but you haven’t deleted it, and it might be an older copy.
That’s a perfect way for hackers to get into your website.
I had a client who had her website very strategically changed into French casinos. And when you go to the www, you didn’t even see it. These guys were really smart the way that they did it.
Luckily, I was able to contact them and get it all cleaned up so the site never got blacklisted. But I tell you what, if Google does some reason, my lab has decided that she wants attention right now.
So if you find out that you have been hacked, and Google sends you any warnings, be sure to contact them back right away. Let them know that you’re doing everything, you can, even shut the site down yourself until it gets fixed. so Google won’t kick it out of the search engines.
This first line in the gray, 191 people in seven days. 18 people tried to request the rest appy, which is an even more detailed way of getting into try to hack a web site. So these were some serious hackers that were trying to get to it.
I had 12 malicious requests come in the last seven days. Those were all denied because I have an app that watches for these things. Five IP’s were blocked. That means people were trying to log into my website with unknown usernames, unknown passwords, or from unknown areas, I have certain IP blocks that cannot come through; like from Russia, China, things like that.
People can’t come to my website from those, and they can’t get to the backend simply because they’re known hacker IP addresses.
Somebody even tried to attempt to login with a non-existing username, they used portbell. My username is not portbell. And your username should not be your business name, your personal name, your wife’s name, your dog’s names, anything like that. For those of you that have cats, yes, you shouldn’t be your cat’s name either.
Your username should be cryptic, as cryptic as your password. Because if they can find your username they’re already halfway there. Make it difficult to find the username and difficult to find the password. Go to Episode 33 to listen to the episode on Never Get Hacked Again, it’s very important to do what’s in that episode.
Now if you don’t know how to keep your WordPress up to date, and you’re on a hosting system that doesn’t automatically update your apps, I recommend that you move your website to KoolWebHosting.com. You can set it up to where it will automatically update all the versions of WordPress.
Now, some people will tell you that you don’t want to automatically update everything because it might cause a problem. Just because there’s a new version of something doesn’t mean that it’s any good, and that’s true. However, once you set it up, our system will automatically update all versions of WordPress and all the apps you have in your WordPress site.
And if the update causes a problem, the system will also automatically do a backup before it does the update. So, if the site doesn’t come up right after the update, the system will automatically restore the site to before the update and your site will still be up live.
It’s a pretty cool system. KoolWebHosting.com. I highly recommend you use that if your system doesn’t allow something like that. The cPanel Economy is only $6 or $7 per month, so you’re not spending a lot of money.
Don’t do the WordPress hosting, go for the cPanel hosting. Yes, it’s a little bit more expensive, but it gives you a whole lot more control over what you can do, including get into that area that I’m talking to you about.
And of course, if you have any questions, you need any help, contact us, we are happy to help you out.. I’ll talk to you later. And you have a great week.
-Dr. Ty Belknap
Port Bell SEO
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