You’ve been hacked?
Don’t take it personally. Most websites are hacked randomly and with total disregard to your person, position or title. It’s just business…
Kevin Mitnick once said, “The hacker mindset doesn’t actually see what happens on the other side, to the victim.” Born true a decade ago and still does today.
So why are you allowing your website to be “owned?”
Prevention is your best weapon, but most people seem oblivious to how easy it is to blend into the virtual masses and hide in the shadows online.
One method of blocking hackers involves blocking bots from even seeing your website. If a bot stumbles onto your website and is immediately repelled, you’ve just scored a big win security-wise. Don’t be a target, be a bot killer!
How to block bots from seeing your website
Blocking bots is crazy-simple to do. First you’ll need to know how to locate your .htaccess file.
Most web hosts have a basic File Manager, where the list of your website’s files can be viewed, along with an “Edit” button to make and save changes.
With your trusty File Manager or FTP File Editor in hand, you are less than one minute from being done with this tedious task.
Below is the the bot blocking list I use. Feel free to edit it to your heart’s content:
Within this list you’ll see sections with headings like, “# McAfee-Secure-Computing”
If you are a McAfee fan then just remove that section of text.
- First, see the list using the above link.
- Copy it to your computer’s memory.
- Next open your .htaccess file via your editor.
- Paste this list at the very bottom of your .htaccess file.
Seriously, you are done.
Check your website to see if it’s loading properly and without error. If so, then you’ve just built the poor man’s bot firewall in all of one minute flat, and can sleep better at night knowing you are super smart, accomplished, and can say with pride, “I am so smart!”