Website hacking has reached an unprecedented rate and even small- to medium-scale businesses have become easy targets. If you do not want to face a huge hassle such as this, it’s time that you toughen up your act and revamp your website’s security with these tips:
1. Keep updated on the hacking threats. Follow tech sites that regularly publish the latest types of hacks, and use this information to develop the necessary safety precautions that you will need for your own site.
2. Beef up your access control. Make sure that your passwords as well as usernames for admin levels are not easy to guess. Instead of using the “wp6_” default prefix, make it more random. Add limits to login attempts for certain times, and this includes password resets that are really quite easy to hack into.
3. Make sure all software is up-to-date. True, software updates will cost money – but behind each one is a vital security vulnerability that is being addressed. Passing up on an update is practically an invitation to be hacked. Keep in mind that hackers work in a network that scans websites by the thousands in mere minutes. When yours is spotted, you’ll have hundreds of different hackers throwing a party on your server that you aren’t invited to.
4. Tighten up your network security. You never know if other computer users in your office accidentally provide easy access routes right into your website servers. Make sure that you implement login expirations, password changes (includes strength), and device scanning for any malware existence every time someone logs into the network with their smartphone, tablet or laptop.
5. Install a firewall for web applications. This can either be software based or hardware based. A WAF is setup between the site server and its data connection, reading and scanning every single bit of data that passes through it. Many of these WAFs are cloud-based and require modest subscription fees every month. It would do you well to invest in this as it will protect your business and everything you have invested in it.
6. Install security applications. If you do not have a WAF, you can still add a good measure of security by free or paid plugins that will hide your CMS identity. Doing so will make your site extra resilient against countless automated hacking tools.
7. Conceal admin pages. Make sure your admin pages cannot be indexed by all search engines, which is why it is important to use robots_txt file to keep them from being listed. Remember: if they remain unlisted, it will be much harder for hackers to find them.
8. Put a limit on file uploads. File uploads can really be a major concern. Even if system checks run by the second, you must not discount the possibility of bugs sneaking their way through your system and granting hackers ultimate access to your data. Store downloaded files outside root directories and use scripts to pull them up if needed.
Seriously heeding these tips will certainly beef up the level of your website’s security protection!
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