You would not want someone to interfere with something that took you some precious time to make, would you? This is the same case with your website. But did you know that as much as it seems hard to protect your website from interference, it is the easiest thing to do? Keep reading to see the kind of things you need to do to your site to make it safe for your use and others too. Below are some of the ways you can make sure your website is protected.
1.Keep your software up to date.
One of the sure ways of keeping your website safe is by updating your software. Updating your software will give you assurance that the security offered by forums such as WordPress and Umbraco are strengthened. The security provided by these CMSes are not strong enough to protect your website. If a hacker finds a weak spot in your website, they will use that opportunity to access vital information which will make them controllers of your site. However, CMes will provide you with updates in their security which will keep you on toes t secure your website. Also, consider using such tools as Gemnasium, so as to be notified automatically in case of any threat to your website.
2. Using a strong password.
A large percentage of people know that the surest way to losing important information is by using weak password, but ignore the same. But how is a strong password supposed to be? A strong password is supposed to contain both numerals and letters. Avoid using such simple things like inserting your year of birth or your registration number if you are a student. A hacker will use all possible means to access your crucial information including your year of birth!
Maryl is assured of her security due to the complexity of her password while John is not, since his password is very simple. The bottom line here is to ensure that your password is hard to guess. Also, ensure that you do not share your password with anyone. Other ways of ensuring your password is safe is making sure you do not write it anywhere, which poses a great risk if someone got access to it.
3. Not allowing people to upload files to your website.
It is common knowledge that the higher the population, the greater the risk of losing your property and getting harmed. This applies to any website. If you allow people to upload whatever they want, chances of your website getting compromised are very high. Malwares are spread to websites mainly through such file uploads. Such files could be images, which might host PHP code that once opened, it will fully expose your website to hackers. You can change your web settings so that any files uploaded to your site will be stored offline for you to check them later. This is a sure proof that your site is safe from hackers.
4. Reviewing your Website activity.
Another way to ensuring your website is secure is by ensuring you are aware of any activity taking place. Use special software that will detect any link sent to your website. Delete such links immediately without opening it because most of them contain viruses. This will protect you from such threats as ransomware, where a hacker will take hostage of your website and threaten you to give them money in return to your website, failure to which they will compromise it completely. You worked hard to create your website, why should you be so generous to give money in order to access your property? It is high time to always check on it to see who accessed it and what they did to it to keep in control of any vulnerability.
5. Never put many sites on one server.
Putting many sites on one site is the same as putting many eggs in one basket, very risky. When you host many sites in one server, the number of people willing to attack your server will also increase. This means that if one of the sites is attacked, the virus will spread so easily that even before you realise it, other sites will have been infected, and for your information, you will have to deal with the infected sites, each at its own time, such a tiresome and nearly hard to do job.
6. Backup your data
If you feel you are not comfortable with the security in your website, then you can backup the website. When you do so, you will be prepared for any danger in case your site is compromised. The backed up data will be a great boost since you will not have to start create your website from scratch again.
7. Test and test again.
With the changing technology every new dawn, other sites are changing, your website will also need to be dynamic to enable you compete favourably with others in the same niche. This means that the viruses developed and hackers will be more prepared to “feast” on any poorly maintained website. You should test your website now and then to ensure that it is ready in case of any attack. There are two ways in which you can test your website;
(a). Penetration testing.
This is more less like coping the behaviours of the attacker which assists the person testing to get to know the method of attacking and then finish the attacker off. This is an expensive method but the perfect solution for businesses. Those who care enough for their businesses use this method twice or even more times a year.
(b). Vulnerability testing.
This is not deep rooted towards testing the security of a website like penetration method. Its work involves just sending to the website queries and traffic to test if it is vulnerable to attacks. It is a cheap method, does not give assurance to the user and is the common method.
As you have seen, website security is not as hard as people may put it. It is the normal omissions and commissions that people make which compromise everything. Make your website safe by following the above ways.