Effective Steps To Deal With Website Security Issues
All websites constantly remain at risk of being hacked. Most hacks hack your website to steal your data, spoil the reputation of the brand, and obtain a material benefit. Professional website hackers and cybercriminals can easily hack even the most protected websites within a few minutes and by applying little efforts. So, the biggest question is how to protect your website from unauthorized third parties and keep all important and confidential information safe? Let’s consider some important ways of website protection.
1. Update All Software Immediately
This advice may seem trivial to many individuals, but timely software updates can help you to secure your site. This applies to both server software or any other application which is active on your website, such as CMS, theme, plugin, extension, widgets, etc. The hosting company has nothing to do with it. You need to worry about this. It doesn’t matter if your website was created from scratch by a professional web design company or you have used a CMS to develop it. Make sure that every working program on your website is updated. Find and patch holes on your website to increase the safety level of your website.
2. Create Additional Protective Security Layers Around Your Site
Just install antivirus software on your desktop computer before you browse the web. Also, set up a security system that will be the first to protect your site from hackers. Use a firewall to protect your website from hackers. It scans incoming traffic, tracks and eliminates unwanted requests. It also protects against spam and attacks using brute force, SQL injection, cross-site scripts and other threats. Choose a good hosting company that takes care of the security aspect of your website.
3. Switch to HTTPS Without Making Any Delay
In simple words, HTTPS or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure is a secure communication protocol that is used to transfer confidential information between a website and a web server. Indeed, transferring your website to the HTTPS protocol essentially means adding either TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to your HTTP protocol, that will protect your data and users’ data from hacking attempts.
Always keep in mind that HTTPS is a must for all online transactions (Especially for E-commerce websites). Google reports that HTTPS will be a search ranking factor. In addition to the security aspect, you should transfer your entire site to HTTPS in order to improve its ranking in Google’s SERP.
4. Use Unpredictable Password and Change Them Regularly
In recent times, the number of brute-force attacks, during which the hacker tries to guess combinations of user passwords, has increased many times. Using strong passwords is an effective way to limit and even completely eliminate brute force attacks. Strong passwords are not mandatory for your email password or online financial transactions. They are also necessary for your web server, admin account and database passwords.
Just ensure that your password is a combination of alphanumeric characters, upper and lower case characters with a minimum length of 12 characters. Do not use the same password for different websites and change them regularly. Store user passwords in encrypted form to prevent any security breach. You can also use 2-step verification to add an additional layer of security to your website.
Most website owners live life with the philosophy that their website will not be hacked. This is untrue as all live websites are facing different types of security threats. Always keep in mind that a successful attack on your site not only leads to the compromise of user data and your own information but may also cause your site to be blacklisted by your Google and other search engines. All because your infected site carries the risk of distributing malicious content on the Internet. Use these tips to protect your website easily and effortlessly.
Morris Edwards is a Web Developer by profession and a writer by hobby. He works for Awebstar Technology Pte. Ltd, a well-known IT Company based in Singapore offering WordPress Web Design & Development Services at an affordable cost.