How can I prevent my hosting
account from being hacked?
The menace of hacking is a very serious issue for today’s World Wide Web. It is really important to pay a lot of attention to the security of your cPanel account.
It should be well-protected against manual attacks as well as against automatized means of getting access to your hosting account.
1.Using a safe password
Having a secured password is definitely among the most important aspects of web security. Some people set a password which is easy to remember in order to avoid keeping it somewhere.
It is strongly recommended to avoid using passwords which consist of dictionary words, names of your relatives, friends or pets, important dates, cities, etc.
These passwords are not secure as it is really easy to find such information about you, especially if you have an account in any of the social networks.
2. Change your password regularly
It is strongly recommended to change your password from time to time. Also, it is advisable changing the password right after receiving the Hosting Welcome email.
Additionally, it makes sense to change passwords for your email accounts, WordPress accounts, Joomla accounts, etc from time to time.
3. Don’t use Generic Usernames
A hacker’s job will be much easier if your log-in username is something like “admin”, “administrator”, or “site owner”. Try to make your username as unique as your password.
4. Keep All Programs Updated
Make sure you have the most updated programs on both your hosting account and your desktop computer. Update WordPress and Joomla to it’s a most recent version.
Flash can also cause problems on your desktop if it’s not the latest update. These programs are used by millions, so it’s no wonder many hackers work day and night trying to hack it.
5. Keep your username and password in a safe place
Avoid keeping Your Hosting Welcome Guide in your email account inbox in case you are not the only person who has access to it. Also, please, avoid storing your cPanel login details in a text file on your desktop, especially if you are not the only user of this computer.
You can use Roboform, LastPass, or any other similar password saving software in that case.
6. Pay attention to the security of your computer
It is strongly recommended to have an effective firewall and antivirus software with the up-to-date databases on your personal computer. Please perform a full scan of your computer from time to time.
Some viruses are intended to steal your login details and transmit them to the bad guy somewhere in another part of the world. Also, there are special applications which are known as keyloggers.
They gather a log of keyboard buttons pressed by you, make screenshots of your desktop, and send this information to a hacker. Such software can be detected by a good antivirus program, so do not forget to check your PC regularly.
7.Scan your webspace
To avoid having the files located in your hosting account being at hazard, it is recommended to use different means of scanning for malicious software. First of all, you can use an in-built cPanel virus scanner.
In order to prevent having viruses and malware on your account, it is recommended to use themes and plugins only from trusted providers.
8. Use 2FA for cPanel
Two Factor-Authentication adds an extra layer of security to your cPanel account in addition to your username and password by requiring access to the phone number associated with your account. Without your smartphone, you cannot log in.
When Two-Factor Authentication is enabled, your account cannot be accessed by anyone unauthorized by you, even if they have stolen your password.
9.Upgrade to a Dedicated Server
If you are on a server that’s being used by others, ask your host about the status of the server. If one person on your server gets hacked or sends out harmful spam e-mail, there’s a possibility all websites and data on the server become compromised.
Prevent this potential disaster by upgrading to your own dedicated server, which will be more secure than a shared server.
10. Use a secured connection when it is possible
In this process, you can connect by FTP in two ways. You can use a conventional port 21, or you can connect using a non-standard secured port 21098. If there are no network restrictions, it is recommended to use port 21098. Also, it is better to access your cPanel using non-standard port 2083 instead of standard port 80.
11. Always have a backup
Even though backups are scheduled on our shared servers, it is recommended to keep a backup of your account somewhere in a safe place on your PC or a third-party server daily or weekly, depending on the frequency of changes you receive on your website. You can create a full cPanel backup in cPanel > Backups.