Prevention is better than cure. You will never know what will happen to your website at the next moment. It is never too late to take initiatives to protect your website. Below we will show you some methods to ensure your website running securely.
We all know the importance of using complex passwords, but how many of us really always practice it. To protect your website in the long run, it is vital to use good passwords to your server and website admin area. For the sake of your users, you should make sure they are using the strong passwords to protect their accounts even though most users do not like enforcing password requirements. Strong passwords should be at least 8 characters, including uppercase letter and number. You can also use the tools that store your passwords safely. For extra security, you can salt your passwords, a new salt per password.
Update Your Software
Updating all your software to the newest versions makes your website strong enough to crack. It is very crucial to avoid website security hole in outdated software that gives the chance to hackers to abuse it. Not only the software like Content Management System (CMS) or forum, this is also applying to shopping cart, photo gallery and other server operating systems.
Secure FTP (SFTP)
It is wise to switch from FTP to SFTP. You have to send your username, passwords and all unencrypted files over the Internet if you upload your files to your server via FTP program. As a result, those who successfully intercept your FTP passwords can upload any files they like to your site and use them to do whatever they want. Unlike the plain FTP, a secure FTP allows you to upload your files in fully encrypted glory to your server. Hence, nobody can find out what you are uploading to the server.
Firewall keeps your computer safe from intruders by acting as a filter between the Internet and your computer or network. It determines what packets should be accepted or dropped and controls the traffic flowing in and out of networks. Firewall can block the unauthorized access to your website. It can be configured to block all kinds of activities, specific IP addresses, SSH, FTP, administrator interfaces, and even entire countries from seeing your site.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
When you are passing the personal information or collect credit card through the website, you have the responsibility to protect your customer’s sensitive information. Encrypting your pages with SSL Certificate provides security to your website. Through this, a secure connection is built to prevent eavesdropping and message forgery when your web applicants are communicating across the Internet. A padlock icon will be displayed and your page will start with “https” instead of “http” if your page is encrypted.
Delete Installation Folder
Delete your installation folder after completing the installation is also a good way to protect your website. If your installation folder is remained in your computer, the attackers will get the opportunity to break into your computer and run the installer again. They can clear out your database and control your website and content once they successfully intrude into your computer. Another alternative is to rename your installation folder if you want to keep it in your computer.
Backup Your Data
No matter how many precautions you have taken to secure your website, hackers are always prowling for ways to get into your site. Therefore, backup your website daily. These include the files, site content, database and other things required to run your website. Keep them off the server or the other computer that is not same as your web server. To avoid anything from going wrong, test your website restore process regularly. Write down the instructions in case other people need to do it. If hacking really happens to your website, you can restore your website rapidly so that it can operate normally in the shortest time possible.
Always Update Yourself
Technology keeps changing, the attackers will also change their strategies to break into your website. Thus, keep yourself updated on the last bugs and viruses on the Internet is your top imperative to protect your website from threats. You can equip yourself with latest information by following the credible technology blogs or subscribing technology journals.