It is far easier to stop something from happening in the first place than it is to repair the damages after it has occurred. This holds especially true when it comes to your website. In other words, having your website hacked can be a tremendous mess to fix that takes hours upon hours to recover. In addition, your Search Engine Optimization or SEO for short can take a big hit if Google decides to blacklist your website due to the damage that the hackers caused. When your website is hacked, files can be uploaded to the server that contain malicious code and or PHP backdoors.

Files that are already on the server, such as your theme files, may be modified, codes can be inserted into your WordPress database, and unauthorized users can be granted with administrative privileges. In addition, countless posts and pages that contain spam code can be published, and your website may even be redirected to malware sites. The bottom line is that none of these things are healthy for your website, your business, or your bottom line. The good news is that preventing your WordPress website from being hacked is possible.

Did you know that keeping inactive users on your website greatly increase the risk of being attacked by a cyber thief? Users particularly administrators who have the ability to modify website content are one of the easiest access points for hackers. This is due to the fact that most people choose weak passwords. For example, here are the estimated times that it takes to crack a
password using a four-core i5 processor. A 7-character password only takes approximately 0.29 milliseconds to crack, while an 8-character password takes approximately 5 hours to crack.

That is a tremendous difference. To take it even further, a 9-character password takes approximately 4 months to crack, while a 10-character password take approximately 10 years to crack. Even more amazing, a 12-character password takes upwards of 200 years to crack. So by increasing your website related passwords from seven (7) characters to twelve (12) characters in length, you greatly increase the odds that a hacker will not be able to access your website. If you absolutely must keep any inactive users in your database, it is a smart idea to change their role from administrator to subscriber.

That way you will limit the chances that a hacker will be able to enter your website through their weak password. In addition to choosing longer passwords, you should never use the same one on all of your Internet accounts. It is also extremely important to avoid using your obvious passwords that center on your children’s names or your favorite sports teams. You need to use passwords that are long and unmemorable.

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