Nine Steps to Protect Your Website
Keeping your website security up to par is important. Even the slightest security flaw can result in your website being hacked and if you don’t have any backups, having to start your website from the beginning. Furthermore, if you have customers who use your website and your website is compromised, this puts their personal information at risk, creating a distrust. So without further ado, here are some of the best ways to protect your website.
There is simply no reason for you not to take a backup of your website’s data regularly. Data loss is something which can occur without reasoning at any moment and if it does strike, you have to be prepared. Take a backup at least once a week and store it on a backup server.
Hidden Admin Pages
If your website has any admin pages which contain sensitive information which is only meant for certain people, make sure that it is hidden. If these pages aren’t hidden, then it won’t be long before someone stumbles upon it through a search engine. There are many methods out there which allow you to prevent only certain pages from appearing in search engines without affecting your SEO.
While completely removing the ability to upload files is unnecessary. In order to prevent malicious files from being uploaded it’s a good idea to place limits on file uploads. Factors such as file size and file type should be taken into consideration when placing these limits.
If you don’t already have an SSL certificate set up on your domain, then it’s important to do so. Having one is beneficial to you as well as your website users. With an SSL certificate, an encrypted connection as assured and because of this, data being intercepted is a lot less of a worry.
Even though autofill is a feature which is incredibly helpful, it’s one which can put our data at risk. To prevent data which is specific to your website, such as a user’s login, disable the ability for a user to use the autofill feature on your website. With autofill, logins and other information are stored on the user’s device and therefore it is easier for this information to get into the wrong hands.
Conduct regular “threat research” to keep up to date with all of the most recent website compromises which have been going about. By doing this, you are able to implement the necessary security measures which place you one step ahead of hackers.
Keep Things Up-To-Date
Make sure that your website software, website plugins, as well as your server software, are all up to date with the most recent versions. This is important as developers work endlessly to update their software to patch any security flaws which have been reported. If you don’t update your software regularly then hackers will be able to take advantage of this. Although updating software can be a drag, it’s worth it.
Although firewall software commonly comes with a price tag, it’s worth it. With a firewall in place you are able to prevent any unauthorized logins as well as any unauthorized data transfers. While it can cost, it can save you money in the long run.
Last but not least, increase the password requirements for all of your websites accounts. By enforcing stronger passwords. You are able to strengthen account safety and make it more difficult for accounts to be compromised. Additionally when a new account is created. Rather than having the new user their password. Look into more modern methods such as text messages being sent.
If you take all of these tips into consideration and don’t fall into some of the most common pitfalls. You will manage to maintain a secure website and ensure that both you and your clients data is safe, without running into too much trouble.