People personally get hacked all the time. Websites constantly get hacked all the time. But how much of this is preventable? Well, kind of a lot, in fact. Hackers go for the weakest links, the most efficient routes to success. The less secure you are, the more of a target you become.
Use Two Step Authentication.
Two step authentication means you use your device (smartphone) to verify logins. For example, when you login to Gmail, it can send you a text which includes a code. You input this code in a box during the Gmail login process and then it allows you to login. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, they need access to your text messages to get in. You can verify devices, so not to worry, you don’t have to do it every time, just when you login from new, unique devices (or after you clear your browser cache).
Google, Godaddy, Facebook, Lastpass and many other services offer two step. Some allow you to use Google Authenticator (an app for your phone) over text messages. Facebook has their own code generator, or you can use text. This is a huge area that helps prevent hacking.
If you have a website, you probably use WordPress. I’m not clairevoyant, it’s just that 90 percent of the web is using WordPress these days. And due to that, hackers love it. But not to fear, you can secure your website.
-Check with the host and see if they have IP verification for FTP. Many host will only allow FTP from approved IPs. If you FTP, or your website person FTP’s, you can easily get the IP approved by submitting a host ticket. (unfortunately, GoDaddy hosting doesn’t do this currently).
-Don’t install WordPress plugins unless they are highly rated. WordPress plugins can leave a trail for hackers who know how to expose them to gain access to your website. Plugins are great, but don’t get overly caught up in them.
–Install Google Webmaster Tools. If you don’t know how, either learn or have someone do it. They can detect unsavory activity on your website and quickly alert you. The faster you know things are going wrong, the easier they are to fix.