7 tips to help protect your website
Just a few points before we go into the tips to protect your website.
There are lovely people who will strike at any opportunity to get into your website to access data similar to that of a burglars or shoplifters or just destroy the website similar to graffiti.
So as you wouldn’t leave your car or house unsecure it is the same for that of your website regardless of what you do someone will get into your site but you can take precautions to slow them down.
These lovely people are fast and can be hard to track down you also have responsibilities to protect yours and your customers’ information and report any breeches. The easy fix is don’t have a website but that is not going to work because all businesses need to be on the web this usually requires a website if not there is possibly something missing in your strategy but that is another topic. According to forbes 30,000 websites get hacked on a daily bases.
That being said here are a few tips to help protect your website.
You need to stay up to date with hacking threats. If you have at least a basic knowledge of what is possible then you can protect your website against it. Using a site that constantly updates its security your web developer will help you with this.
Tighten network security.
Computer users in your office may be inadvertently providing an easy access route to your website servers. Ensure that:
- Logins expire after a short period of inactivity.
- All devices plugged into the network are scanned for malware each time they are attached.
- Passwords are changed frequently.
- Passwords are strong using lowercase uppercase numbers special characters etc will tighten your security and NEVER written down
- Make sure you know your hosting companies security protocols
- Rename your admin to something more hidden.
Hide admin pages.
You do not want your admin pages to be indexed by search engines, so you should use the robots_txt file to discourage search engines from listing them. If they are not indexed then they are harder for hackers to find.
Remove form auto-fill.
When you leave auto-fill enabled for forms on your website, you leave it vulnerable to attack from any user’s computer or phone that has been stolen. You should never expose your website to attacks that utilize the laziness of a legitimate user.
Don’t allow uploads.
It can be fun to encourage your visitors to share data and to upload their work, but this is incredibly risky. Uploads can open you up to a world of trouble if you’re not prepared for the worst. Uploading anything can be enough to give rise to a world of pain.
Hire a professional
As you or your client’s website grows, having a professional security team becomes more and more important, especially if you’re accepting and saving personal or financial information. However this can be expensive and more used by medium to larger companies smaller companies tend to software like 3D protection.
In most cases, attacks from hackers are fairly obvious. Strange things suddenly appear on your site, or your site simply stops working completely. If your website is not behaving correctly, find out why as soon as you can!
Those are a few important tips for any website but remember it’s not only about keeping your site safe but giving your customers peace of mind so they are more comfortable in handing over their details.
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