Security is more important now than it ever has been. Hackers are looking to use your site and email for their own purposes. If they succeed it could damage your site, your data, and your reputation.

In the last few weeks, we've noticed that the aggression of maclicious hackers has greatly increased and we are urging all of our customers to take action in protecting their server space. While no system is completely hacker proof heres what MacHighway recommends for you to do to keep your site, email and information more secure:

Passwords - Your Best Defense.

A good password is your best defense against a hacker. A strong password should be used for your cPanel and FTP password. For detailed information on choosing a strong password please review our knowledgebase article here. We recommend that you change your passwords once every 6 months or when you feel there's a possibility that your password(s) may have been compromised.

Instructions for updating your client area password can be found by clicking here.
Instructions for updating your cPanel/FTP password can be found by clicking here.
Instructions for updating your email password can be found by clicking here.

Updates Your Web Apps and Close the Door on Hackers

Anytime you add an application to your website, such as a store, blog, bulletin board, email form, or any other dynamic page or web application, you could be adding functionality that a hacker can use to gain access to your data, and possibly do damage. MacHighway recommends that you frequently check for updates and use only trusted and well scripted applications, like the ones offered through MacHighway.

We recommend that you check for updates to any web apps or forms on a monthly basis, at the minimum.

We also strongly recommend that you delete any previously installed web applications from the server. Out of date apps are the most common entry point for hackers.

For detailed information on choosing a suitable script and checking for updates, please review our knowledgebase article here.

Backup Backup Backup. Yep. Backup

You cant recover from damage without a backup, and in the event that your files have been damaged by a hacker you may need a backup from a while ago - before the hacker got in.

For information on backing up your site through your MacHighway cPanel, please review our knowledgebase category here.



Friday, March 25, 2011

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