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One of the worst things, if not the worst thing, that can happen to your website is an attack from hackers or a group of hackers.If something like this happens to you, then it could mean several days of not having access to your site (or your website being unavailable to any potential viewers, meaning that they think the website doesn’t exist anymore), a complete loss of faith with any costumers if you are a commerce site, a violation of any data that you may be storing on the website, and always a great deal of lost time.
It is for these reasons that you must stay constantly vigilant in your means to protect your website from anyone out there looking to do you harm. There are ways that you can defend yourself and deter potential hackers, and they are absolutely worth the small investment in time and money. Try to take advantage of the following tips:
Use Strong Passwords and Secure Settings
The simplest and most effective thing you can do right now if you want to keep your website safe from hackers is to use as complex a password as you think you can handle on every account linked to your website in any way whatsoever. “Password123” does not cut it anymore as there are twelve year old children that will guess that and be into your accounts within five minutes should they feel so inclined. Try to use either a randomized password or a password that has a series of different types of characters.
In addition, try to look at some of the settings you use on your website. While I won’t go into too much detail, as a lot of them can be quite different depending on various factors, I advise you to ask yourself some questions regarding them and look up other information. Is there any security risk to putting these settings the way that they are? What is the worst possible thing that can happen with using these settings? How much of an inconvenience would it really be to increase the security?
Use a VPN
If you are someone that accesses their website on the go, then you absolutely need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) so that you can safely use otherwise dangerous public networks. Normally on a public network, you will find yourself vulnerable to a hacker who, with basic equipment and very little experience, can go ahead and look at everything that is being sent over an unsecure connection. This can include your email passwords, your website passwords, any account names, and even financial information of you and your costumers.
What a VPN will do is effectively make a secure bridge between your computer and an offsite secure server which will mean that no one can look at any data you are sending or receiving, regardless of the device you are using the VPN on (and you should be using one on any device you are using on a public network). The worst that anyone out there looking will be able to see is that you are using a VPN.
Have a Secure Looking Design
While many hackers will look into the nuts and bolts of your website in order to figure out if it is worth hacking, many first-time or amateur hackers may very well be deterred by a website that looks as though a lot of work went into it or otherwise might have some security measures or backup plans in place.
The design of your website is your own choice to make, of course, and any other priorities that you have when you are thinking about should come first (security can and should come from the decisions you make and the programming of the website). That being said, if you see an opportunity to give off a strong appearance while still maintaining the aesthetic that you are looking for, you should go ahead and make that change.
Be Aware of User Access
Even the tiniest amount of user accessibility might mean trouble for your website. Under no circumstances should most websites have viewers or customers allowed to upload documents or files to the website. The reason for this is that any file uploaded couldcontain a script that would allow for users to be compromised or your website to become a trap for other viewers. This is not acceptable in any situation, as it will deter viewers from your website faster that almost anything else imaginable.
In addition, if you are a website that has user accounts for any purpose, take great care in protecting their data and account information as much as you would protect your own. Your reputation is on the line when it comes to such things.
Consider Add-ons and Plugins
The internet is an unruly and dangerous place, yes, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t tools waiting out there to help you should you desire to search for them. There are many different website add-ons and security tools out there that you can consider researching and maybe even adding onto your website some of these opportunities. In particular some things you might be able to use are Netsparker and Openvas in order to figure out your vulnerabilities, and then work from there in order to decide what is right for you.
Of course, you should absolutely use caution when considering any of these types of add-ons, and check out what the security community says about them before making any permanent decisions.
I hope that these different tips help you in your goal of a safer and more secure website, and they this means a more successful website and thus a more successful you. Thank you for reading.
This was contributed by Caroline, a technology enthusiast whose main area of interest is internet security. Caroline recommends www.securethoughts.com as of the best possible online sources for information regarding internet security