Secure Website from Hackers
Recent years have seen an integration of new technologies and ready-made frame works in the web development process. Complex and highly specialized plug-ins and tools like Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress. But with these tools, building and uploading a website is easier than ever. However,this happens to be a negative factor that causes vulnerability since many businesses forget to incorporate essential tools in their website that otherwise should have been keenly observed. This is a post dedicated to secure website from hackers and outline the things many webmasters forget to check in their sites.
Tinker with the Default CMS Settings
CMS applications need to be customized to your business needs before installation. Its not that good of a glove fit as you might have believed. Customizing or at least comprehensively reviewing those CMS settings is important to secure your data and can help you avoid a higher number of cyber attacks since many of them are automated around the assumption that default settings are being used. Even if the least amount of changes is incorporated, the whole security system can be strengthened.
Use better Passwords
It goes without saying that the default password and user name is not enough to secure your website admin panel. These are the first attempt choices of a hacking program and it is a little embarrassing how many of them succeed in gaining access to the root password. Good passwords are the ones follow the CLU requirement (Complex, Long, Unique). Put up a good fight for the Brute-Force attackers; use better passwords.
Update your software!
Update your CMS versions as soon as possible. It is something that has a dramatic effect on your website performance and security. You should update the plug-ins on your site as soon as an update is available. The entire reason for WordPress or other CMS version updates is that vulnerability was discovered and they released a fix patch before more damage could be inflicted. Most hacking is automated nowadays as sites are scanned for exploitation opportunities. Don’t let your site be the one.
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Don’t use a single server to host multiple sites
Many webmasters do this. They buy a storage data intensive web hosting plan and stuff multiple sites on a single server. This is analogous to your website being a ‘honey pot’ for hackers and spammers all over the web. Similarly, one website compromised can easily spread the infection to adjacent pages.
Not only does this result in all your sites being hacked simultaneously; it also complicates the cleanup process. Even when the cleanup has been completed successfully, you need to reset all the passwords on all your websites, which itself is a nightmare.
Integrate User Control Access
If your site is used by multiple users, it’s imperative that individual users have appropriate permissions required to effectively complete their jobs. In some exceptional cases; when a user requires escalated permissions, you can use the Least Privileged method to momentarily allow them. It is also essential to your website security that all users’ updates are documented and logged. This helps in identifying if any user account has been compromised or is acting ‘suspiciously’.
Get Acquainted with Server Configuration Files
Securing your site starts from getting to know your server configuration files. These files allow the user to declare server rules, directives to ramp-up security and authentication protocols. Some of the established configuration settings are to turn off image hot linking, directory access and limiting visibility of sensitive files by restricting PHP execution in directories that hold sensitive data.
Use only Authentic Extensions
Extensions used in a CMS application are the Achilles heel of even the most secure website. They offer unlimited functionality in the CMS eco-system and can provide a vulnerable entrance to the malicious programs. An obvious choice to avoid these sorts of attacks is using only authentic and verified extensions from legitimate sources that have a history on the market, are regularly updated and have a large number of installs.
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Have Frequent and Comprehensive Backups
It is an absolute must to always have backups of your data in some remote and safe place. If you handle transactions on your website; it is essential that those back-ups are never older than 2 days or less. In case of your website being hacked, you can utilize those backups to cross reference statements and liaise with the insurance and security providers. It is essential that this data be stored in a remote place since hackers are meticulous and highly coordinated in their financial attacks.
It is essential that file permissions be defined for corresponding user types. It streamlines the file read, write or execution process. Through a customized file permissions structure; you can easily manage and delegate the routine tasks without making your site vulnerable to invaders and infiltrators.
Incorporate Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
SSL is a networking protocol that secures communication between clients and servers. It involves encryption of data which prevents Snoopers from accessing the communication exchange. Incorporating SSL in your website provides the motivation required to nudge the customers through that conversion funnel. It is an essential part of e-commerce website security and needs to be incorporated when handling personally identifiable information or sensitive financial data. A professional web developer like Pyxel can integrate secure e-commerce tools for your business.
So in the end, suffice it to say that these 10 steps can help even the most basic web-admins understand website security but these tip might be inadequate to provide total safety from attacks. For that purpose, it is essential that you get a second opinion on your website’s security features and incorporate only the most useful and effective security measures to safe-guard your visitors’ trust.