The real answer to How to protect your website when admin credentials are compromised? is an unconfirmed deadlock –a no-answer.
Let’s face it, a hacker does not literarily need a password to break into a system or your website, all a good or an experienced hacker needs is a way to exploit the vulnerability on the system, either by searching for the vulnerability on CVE websites and using the exploit found against your website to break in, once inside your website, he can elevate his privilege to an admin-level privilege if the exploit has not already done that automatically, and from there on, it’s a God mode activated!
Thus, using long or short passwords means nothing to a hacker or group of hackers that want to hack your website or system. However, if your website is designed to protect the data on your website in case the admin credential is compromised, this will make it very difficult and probably impossible to use any stolen data from your website, if your website ever gets hacked.
How to Protect Your Website
This article focuses on How to Protect Your Website When Admin Credentials are Compromised. This is to share some insightful information and guides on how to protect your website data when your admin credentials are compromised.
To get started, please note that if you’re hosting your website on a Shared Hosting plan or account, meaning your website is sharing the same IP address with other website owners on a hosting platform, such as Godaddy.com, Hostgator.com, etc this method is not for your, as it is not guaranteed. You may stop reading this article if you’re using a shared hosting service to host your website.
If you made it here, congratulations!
A shared hosting service is similar to visualizing that you’re renting or leasing a retail store from a lot that comprises other retail stores such as MailPlus, Some Stores, Hawain Babeque, etc, and Your Store. If the Hawaiian Barbeque was broken into, there’s no guarantee that protects Your Store from getting attacked and vice versa. Translating to your website is just a directory, from other directories in a hosting directory as follows:
As you can see from the above directory list, if any website is hacked into, there’s a possibility that the hackers will check the content of other websites and decide what to do, simply because he has hacked your website, through a vulnerable website on the hosting system.
How about VPS (Virtual Private Server)
A VPS i.e a Virtual Private Server, is a virtual computer created to run inside the main or host computer. It’s very economical to run VPS on a host computer as a VPS has its own hostname, hard disk(s), memory, CPU, NIC, and Operating System, which is mostly Windows or Linux, saving you huge money from buying more computers and managing them.
Using a VPS over a shared hosting service for hosting websites decreases the chances of getting hacked if you are following the security guidelines on how to protect your website.
Remember that your VPS is also hosted inside a real computer, the main owner, the admin that is hosting your VPS on its server can access your entire VPS, meaning if the main server is hacked, the hacker may access your entire VPS easily.
If you want to protect your VPS, visit How to protect VPS from hackers.
Let’s Talk Dedi–A Dedicated Server
A dedicated server, is like a separate building in a lot, meaning it’s private and dedicated to its use by the owner(s). Hence the owner has the right to secure the dedicated building by providing adequate security measures that protect the workers in the building, their customers, and the assets. An example of this would be a Courthouse, Hospital, School, Bank, Walmart, Ross, Applebees, etc. It’s the responsibility of the owner to provide adequate security to protect the building, people, and assets. This applies to a dedicated server.
As you can see, a dedicated server would be more pricey than a shared or Virtual Private Server, since anyone with a dedicated server could easily deploy a Virtual Private Server for anyone to use, or host numerous websites on his server, privately or commercially.
I’m glad that I’ve shared information about your website and its visual location on the servers, if your website is hosted on a shared hosting account, you now clearly understand the intricacies and a visual representation of the location of where your website is hosted, the same if your website is hosted on a VPS.
We can agree that it is the responsibility of the dedicated server owner(s) to ensure adequate security measures are in place to protect the users ( shared hosting, VPS, internal users ), their Intellectual Property, and their data.
How to Protect Your Dedicated Server
Until now, you have not really learned how to protect your dedicated server, however, you’ve learned information about a dedicated server, virtual private server, and shared hosting. To get started, visit how to protect and secure your dedicated server.
How to Protect Your Website
This next article on How to Protect Your Website will make total sense since I’ve shared information on a visual representation of the location of your website on any Linux, UNIX-based server. It’s time to protect our websites from hackers and prying eyes. To learn how to protect your website, click How to Protect Your Website.
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