Tips & Tricks to prevent your website form being hacked

At Neon Zoo we work with our clients to develop beautiful, functional and user-friendly websites that make your clients love you and your competitors want to be you. But once your site is up and ‘live’, what next? A website is a growing, living beast. It needs nurturing, love and support to ensure you get the most out of your site. At the same time, it is also exposed to hackers and viruses.

There are a number of ways that computer hackings can occur. Not only can your entire computer system itself get hacked, but your website, email, and much more can all be victims to a hack or a virus. Below are some simple tips to help prevent your website from being hacked and to keep it in tip-top-shape!

1. Make Your Passwords Tough and Change Often

It is beyond easy to have the same password for all accounts, which is why we all do it, but what happens when that password gets hacked? Everything gets hacked! Make sure to include symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters, and numbers. How are you supposed to remember all those?…..write them down, type them out or use a password keeper! Visit “password keeper.” Not only will they store your passwords, but they also will create unique passwords for you.

2. Delete, Delete, Delete!

Times are-a-changin’, and so are the forms of social media. We now have links between our social media pages and website, stay on top of your accounts and delete those old accounts that you no longer use.

3. Save a Back Up

At Neon Zoo we suggest updating your website at lest once a month, we offer this service for our clients, this is a great practice to remember to stay on top of. If you have your website backed up and a hacker comes in, you can go in and change your passwords and put up your old site.

4. Install Firewall and Anti-Virus Software

Firewalls forbid outside threats like hackers and viruses from being able to access your system. Now a days most computers already have anti-virus software on them from the beginning, but be sure to check that it is not outdated (or that you even have one) and to make sure it runs scans frequently.

5. Encrypt Data

To go along with storing your data on your hard drive as well as an external drive, make sure to encrypt it!

If you need help with a new website or wish to enquire about our website design & development please contact us at Neon Zoo.