Website Security: Are you taking good care of your websites?
Imagine your dear website on which you worked so hard and is very proud of, is suddenly under attack and gets robbed of everything. Awful, isn’t it? You would never want anything of that kind to happen to you, right? So, how and what possibly can dodge such vulnerabilities? There’s only one answer to it, always follow the old proverb – “Prevention is better than cure.” Confused?
Due to free open source platforms available, everyone is becoming a webmaster and launching their websites. But the most important thing that everyone forgets, is security. You may think there’s nothing much on your website for anyone to hack and steal, but, just so you’re aware they are the attempts to use your server as an email relay for spam or to set up a temporary web server, normally to serve files of an illegal nature. Don’t panic as there’s a solution for every problem. All you need to do is regularly practice few steps, without fail. Let’s know what all are they.
Update or regret
Of course, the first and the foremost thing is to keep everything updated. Open-source platforms, server, software, operating system, be it anything, make sure they are of latest versions always. Outdated and weaker ones are holes for hackers to enter into and destroy your hard work.
If you are using a WordPress website, it is incredibly important to update your site as soon as a new plugin or CMS version is available. You can rely on free plugins like ‘iThemes Security and Bulletproof Security as they track the weaknesses that are inherent in each platform, thus spoiling additional types of hacking attempts that could threaten your website. Although, it is advisable to always opt for managed web-hosting, as the hosting company will take care of all security measures and upgradations in a timely manner.
How strong is your password?
It seems like everyone likes the title of ‘admin’ or prefers the easy-to-remember – 12345, which is why they are still the passwords of many. How can some companies whose business depends on the website, use such predictable passwords?
- Keep it random. Never use your birthdate or mobile no. or your favorite music band name or a movie name, entirely as your password. Hackers are smart enough to guess once they get your information from any of your social accounts. If they find ‘Batman’ everywhere in your information, they can easily play with it and crack your password.
- The longer the better. Keep your password at least 12+ characters long. It will give a tough time to hackers. Any system that is following simple security guidelines should limit the number of failed login attempts. If there is a limit on the number of failed login attempts, a 12 character password will easily stop anyone from guessing it in just a few attempts. If you fear of not remembering it, then write it down or save it somewhere.
- You gotta make some effort for a strong password. Never make the mistake of repeating the older ones or keeping few characters unchanged from the previous ones. Be unique and come up with something utterly new. If you can’t think of any, try the password generators available online.
Since everything is becoming online now, we are required to provide our sensitive information like credit card details on any site. While giving away the details, the one thing that majority of us forget to check is, whether the site is http or https. HTTPS is a protocol used to provide security over the Internet. So, it is crucial to have SSL certificate for your site, for the users to trust and provide their details to you. Its remarkable encryption will make your site secure and trustworthy too.
SQL injection attacks a web form field or URL parameter in order to gain access or to manipulate your database. By any chance, if you leave your parameters open for long then, the attacker will insert code and abuse your site. To prevent this, make use of parameterized queries. It ensures your code has specific enough parameters so that there’s no room for a hacker to mess with them.
The world of web is unpredictable, you never know what happens next. It’s good to be always prepared. Start the habit of taking backups. Though it’s time-consuming, you will thank yourself later. But remember, never store your backup on the web server, it’s highly risky.
These are only a few tips to safeguard your website. Though they alone will not protect your site completely for a lifetime but can lessen the frequency and effect of attacks. To stay protected, you need someone who can handle and avoid such risky situations. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at +91 79 4037 0622 to know how we do it.