I was just reading this article from Google Webmaster Central: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/07/nohacked-how-to-avoid-being-target-of.html
It states, “Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of sites getting hacked.” I’ve seen it among my clients and you’ve probably heard it from friends and colleagues, too – more sites than ever are getting hacked. While this is a serious issue, I find that most people don’t take the threat seriously. They figure they are too small of a site or they don’t have enemies, but I’m telling you that it just doesn’t matter. If you have a website, there is a real chance that you will be hacked. That said, there are things that you can do about it.
This is what Google recommends:
1. Strengthen your account security
2. Keep your site’s software updated
3. Research how your hosting provider handles security issues
4. Use Google tools to stay informed of potential hacked content on your site
Read the full details here.
If you have a WordPress site, I recommend some easy fixes to make your site more secure:
1. Use a strong passphrase
Not just a single word or two for your password, but a full phrase swapping out letters for symbols.
2. Add some simple plugins to your site
I recommend iThemes Security and/or Wordfence as well as Captcha by BestWebSoft. iThemes has an option to hide the backend of your site so it is no longer /wp-admin. I recommend that as a very simple way to keep hackers from even finding your login page.
See my other blogs posts for more tips and let me know what you do to keep your site safe:
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