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The threat of hacking IS real.
Hackers are a clear and present danger 24/7 on the internet. Hosting Australia’s support team encounter hacking in various forms on a daily basis:
- Email accounts being compromised and used to send spam.
- Email accounts passwords being stolen and then used to steal data.
- Keyloggers installed on PCs and used to grab passwords, bank details and anything else you happen to type.
- Websites being hacked, then used for a variety of malicious purposes.
What’s my role? How Can I stop being hacked!
You may ask what your role is in security of your PC or Website? The simple answer to that is EVERYTHING! The buck really does start and stop with you as the user of a PC, email account or as the owner of a website.
Anti Virus (AV) Companies such as Symantec, BitDefender and McAfee do a great job by releasing new and updated virus scanners.
Hosting Australia, as your email and web provider, also constantly evolve and update our security measures, in an effort to keep your emails and website data secure. All Hosting Australia servers operate malware scanners and complex Firewall algorithms, in an “above and beyond” measure to keep you safe and secure.
But what it really comes down to is what precautions you put in place. All the efforts of Hosting Australia and the big AV providers count for naught if you don’t do some of the basic measures yourself. Below, our team has come up with some basic suggestions for email and web security.
For email accounts, keeping your password nice and secure and changing it every few months is a great start. A reputable and up to date Antivirus program is also paramount.
Also avoid clicking on links or opening emails if you don’t know the sender, or the subject looks a little suspicious.
Additional mail scanning services such as Hosting Australia’s SPAMProtect service can actually reduce the occurrence of SPAM and Virus laden emails even reaching your PC and is a great way to add piece of mind.
Keeping a website safe is a little more complex. But still nothing most people cant be attentive and proactive with. (Remember, Hosting Australia can always assist you with any part of Web maintenance you don’t understand.)
Again, a great place to start is ensuring your password is secure and that you change it from time to time.
If you operate a CMS site, such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal…make sure your site software is all up to date. All the CMS providers are constantly updating an patching their software, to keep hackers out. But if you are not updating your site to these more secure versions, you may be extremely vulnerable to an attack.
Hosting Australia also offers a great service called SiteLock, which can further ensure your site is kept secure. If you rely on your website for an income or to promote your business, this really is a must.
At the very least, contact Hosting Australia and ask for one of our Malware and Vulnerability scans on your site. (Simply reply to this email if you would like more info regarding that.)
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