Some Tips to Secure Your Website from Digital Threats
If you or another professional had to judge how secure your website was, how much would your website be worth?
A report published periodically by Whitehat Security shows that at least 86% of websites in the world have one or more serious vulnerabilities. This applies not only to small (personal) websites but also to large corporate websites (corporate).
In 2012, one of the most popular website hosting and domain service providers in America, Godaddy, was hacked and damaged. There are many other examples that we cannot mention one by one here.
With the development of websites that are increasingly complex and more and more parties are using the internet, it is very important for all of us to further equip ourselves with knowledge about how we can secure ourselves (and our website) from the various digital threats that exist.
ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR DATA & FILES
You can do cPanel backup manually (Full cPanel Backup). If you are using a CMS like WordPress / Joomla / Drupal etc, there are also plugins/extensions that you can add to your website to perform scheduled and automatic backups.
Third-party backup services such as Carbonite and Mozy – although they may be relatively expensive – can help you and the company you work with to back up your website/data.
DO ENCRYPTION ON SENSITIVE PAGES
The sensitive pages in question are the pages of your website where we will enter sensitive data such as usernames and passwords. For example, the WordPress login page (dashboard), which is the wp-admin folder. Or another example, the administrator login page on Joomla is the administrator folder. Another example is a page to access your email etc.
If these pages do not use secure data communication lines, it will be very easy for a hacker to steal our sensitive data. We can do this easily, actually, by using SSL.
Limit sensitive information dissemination
Sometimes we cannot avoid the spread of sensitive information that we have, for example, a username and password to log in to CPanel and so on. This kind of information likes to dislike, forced to give us to our coworkers for example. Limit the number of people who know this kind of information, and don’t expire if you can.
USE A STRONG PASSWORD
Hackers are always looking for new ways and methods to be able to crack our passwords. Protect yourself and your website by using strong passwords. Some of us might think that a strong password is more determined by the use of certain characters, rather than how long the number of characters our password is. The longer (the more) the number of characters of a password, the stronger the password will be. An 8 character long password is better than a 6 character long password (regardless of whether the password uses non-alphanumeric characters such as @ # $% ^).
ALWAYS USE A SAFE NETWORK CONNECTION
Avoid connecting (connecting) to the internet on unsecured networks or unclear security settings, for example in public places/cafes/restaurants/lounges etc. If you have to connect to the internet through these places, use a trusted web proxy service such as OpenVPN.
When developing their software, software/website developers do not necessarily know about every security gap and weakness of the software they develop. Therefore, from time to time, they will “patch” any security holes they might find in their software with updates. If you get a notification about this, please update your software/website immediately.
USE SAFE SERVER HOSTING
How secure your website is also determined by how strong the security level of the hosting server you are using. A hosting server that is not easily hacked by hackers will certainly be safer than a hosting server that is easily infiltrated by hackers/malware/viruses etc.
UNDERSTAND YOUR LINK
Have you ever clicked on a link that you thought would lead to a web page that you wanted to go to, but instead you were redirected to pages on porn/gambling/drug websites? Now imagine if such a link existed on one or more pages of your website. People who frequently spamming will take advantage of your “plain” links, using a technique called open redirect. With this technique, they can “steal” your website traffic by redirecting them to the website pages they want (in this case, the porn/gambling/drug website pages).
Check whether your website is one of the victims of this open redirect technique, by doing a simple search on Google. Type in “site: yourname.yoursite.com” in the Google search box. Of course, you have to replace your websitename.com with the name of your website. See the results, are there any suspicious/unusual website pages.
One simple but equally important aspect of securing your website is to always know what is going on with your website. Avoid installing pirated themes/plugins/extensions that look suspicious.
The internet world may indeed have a lot of potential dangers, but your website doesn’t need to be one of the victims of digital crime that is always threatening. Although maybe the topic of digital security and websites is serious and technical, the obstacle lies not in how complex the topic of digital security is but from how serious we are to always educate ourselves. Doing a few or just a few of the security tips outlined in this article will make you and your website a lot safer than most of the websites out there.
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