As each passing day brings with it news of another leak of personal information over the Internet. Whether it is credit card information for millions of users or their login and passwords, personal nude photos of celebrities or even 1000’s of pages of classified government data — the world of hackers leaves no website untouched.
Are you thinking, what’s the big deal? You just have a little blog with e-commerce portal. Well, hackers will turn your website into a malicious spy bot in a matter of seconds, sending user data back to hackers without even realizing it. Worse, they can hack into your databases and destroy or manipulate sensitive information; often they will inject your content with malicious links and can even hijack your hosting server to be used in other attacks.
Not to worry. There are simple steps you can take to secure your website. Or you can hire a website security firm that will handle all of the technical stuff and ensure your site is secure, online and running smoothly; often for under $1 a day.
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If you want to take your website security into your hands here are four simple steps you can do to provide a more secure and hacker resistant website for yourself and your customers.
Keep all Software Updated.
What happens is hackers over time figure out how to disable or hack into existing security features. Software companies work against the clock keeping hackers out, and when they have found a vulnerability in their software, you’ll get a notification to update your software. Updated software is your most important tip.
Build Layers of Security Around Your Site.
Not unlike locking your door, putting out the guard dog and then locking the gate when you leave, installing anti-virus software as well as a web application firewall is an excellent way to stop hackers cold. Firewalls review all requests in and out of your website to determine if they are malicious. You can install firewalls directly or hire a cloud-based firewall; both are useful in protecting your site.
Switch to HTTPS
HTTPS or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure is a form of communication between your website and server. It is actually two additional layers of encryption. All online transactions have to be done through https and recently Google announced that they would view https encrypted websites more favorably in their search results.
Use Strong Passwords, Change Regularly
This one is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t change their passwords or use something silly like LASTNAMEBIRTHDAYYEAR. Oh, that’s your password? Then you should consider changing it. Either use a secure password generator to create completely random passwords or ensure your passwords use a combination of capital letters, numbers, and symbols to create difficult to break protection.