There can’t be anything more terrifying than, the thought of seeing all of your website content altered or entirely wiped away by hackers.
With Cybercrimes on rise, website hacking or defacement has become a common problem. You may not see anything worth of hacking on your website, but many hackers may just do it for fun. Regardless of your website`s worth, you may have spent hours and days in setting up it up or have paid hundreds of dollars to developers to make it ready for online users. As a business owner, you will have to take the all the responsibility of your website`s contents and any personal information that is processed through it.
Have a look on few tips that may help you in increasing security level of your website.
Have One Site per Server:
Although you may easily host all of your websites at one server. But, if your website is more critical for your business, then you should not only consider having dedicated server, but should host only one website per server. In this case, If hacker breaks into the Server, he will not be able to get access to the other websites. Otherwise, you may lose all of your websites at once that will be more catastrophic for you.
Stay Up To Date:
Staying up to date with latest patches and updates is vital but often ignored. Latest patches and updates are meant to provide your website highest level of security. Hackers usually make use of known software and system vulnerabilities that you may fail to patch. Never forget to turn automatic updates “on” or if not do it manually on a periodical basis.
Always remember most of the “hardware and software” you use comes with default usernames and passwords, so you should never forget to disable them as they may give it a way for hackers to exploit this vulnerability and access your website illegal. Moreover, you should also keep in check on your website users who got different levels of permissions to access, add, alter or delete data. So you should limit what each user can and can’t do based on their roles and job descriptions.
Considering all types of threats and vulnerabilities to your website, it is common sense have all of your data backed up for recovery when needed. There are plenty of backup data solutions available that offer automated backups and recovery quickly. You should consider subscribing the one according to your needs.
Install Security Plugins and Extensions:
There are a number of Plugins and Extensions that are available online to provide increased protection to your website. These plugins and extensions can be very useful in protecting your website against security flaws. Plenty of these are available for free as well or where possible you may spend few bucks, and it will not go waste.
Use SSL Encryption:
SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is security technology that provides end to end encryption to the communication between browsers and website. It will provide enhanced protection for the data transfer between user and your website. It is especially useful if you have online store that requires websites to provide sensitive information like credit card details etc. It may require you to spend additional money on it but it will increase security and trustworthiness of your website.
Use Strong Passwords:
Although many people are aware about use of strong passwords, it is still most vulnerable area that is usually exploited by hackers to break into web servers. Commonly used or weak passwords can easily bebroken with brute force or dictionary attackers. Therefore make sure your password is strong enough and cannot be guessed easily. Moreover, you should have a password policy in place to guide user how to keep their passwords protected.
Use Parameterized Queries:
SQL injection is a most common attack; usually, result in denial of service and leakage of sensitive information. Websites with open parameters in their web forms and urls usually allow attackers to exploit this vulnerability of database. There are number of ways you can protect your website against this attack, using parameterized queries is one of them, it ensures your code has specific enough parameters leaving no chance for hackers to exploit them. You may need help of developers or professional to do it.