Recently, one of our previous clients had their dental site comprised because of poor password security. When you choose an easy password, something like “Password123”, you leave your website open to brute force attacks. In today’s blog, we’re going to cover tips for protecting your website from brute force attack.
What is a Brute Force Attack?
Basically, someone attacking your website will use a dictionary containing a variety of common passwords (like admin or password123), or more commonly, will just use random combinations of number and letters, over and over and over, until success. Accomplishing this task can take minutes, hours, or even days. While most attacks of this kind fail, they attempt them on such a large scale that they still manage to break into a serious number of websites. Once they’re in, the attackers can gain control of your website and compromise it. All of your hard work, and the keystone of your online marketing plan, can then be taken away. For this reason, we always urge our clients to take precautions, which we will discuss in the next section.
How Do You Safeguard Your Site?
Better passwords! Seriously, just taking time to create a longer and more complex password can provide substantial protection against a brute force attack. Yours should contain a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. If you have a default password or have a provided one, change it immediately. The longer it takes a brute force attacker to guess, the more likely they will be to move on and leave your website alone.
We can Help!
If you have further questions about protecting your site and improve your security, please let us know. We take the security of our clients’ sites very seriously and will take sites to help you better safeguard your dental website.
Would you like to learn more website security? Ready to help expand your online marketing plan and help your practice grow? We can help! Then contact us today and let us help! Send an email to MDPM Consulting at [email protected], or give us a call at 972-781-8861!