If you have a valuable online asset such as a website, you should know that there are many threats out there lurking from the shadows of the digital realm.
Some of those with malicious intents would like to steal the data regarding your website visitors, while others would like to bring down your website just for fun. There are also those who prefer to inject malicious code into your website and compromise its structure and functionality just to get a few backlinks.
With all this in mind, it becomes quite clear that securing your website from these threats is of utmost importance. For this reason, we have decided to make a list of four easy ways to keep your site secure. Let’s start with the most important one – picking the right hosting provider.
Not Every Hosting Provider is the Same
While you are doing your everyday errands and then recuperating from them during the night, your website and all its files and databases lie on some remote server of the hosting company you’ve chosen. But did you check the web security policies of your hosting provider before you picked it? Or was the price the only factor that shaped your purchasing decision?
One of the most important things to check is whether your hosting provider has implemented DDOS protection, especially if you are using shared hosting, as a majority of people are. This means that your website and thousands of other websites are hosted on the same server environment. Without DDOS protection, your website performance and uptime will suffer if any of the websites on the server get attacked.
Besides DDOS protection, your hosting company should also have virus/malware protection. You don’t want to wake up one day and see that Google has labeled your website as an infected one. A hosting company with an up-to-date security infrastructure will keep your website protected from viruses and other types of malware.
Admin Panel Access Password
If your password is “12345”, “incorrect” or any other that falls into the “it’s too clever to be guessed” category, your website is vulnerable to attacks. Most hosting companies have the password strength checker, so you should stop ignoring its “Your Password is Weak” notification and do something about it.
The best way to get the password that will protect your site from being accessed by a third-person is to create it with CLU (complex, long, unique) in mind. Your password should be at least 8 characters long and should contain numbers, letters and symbols in both uppercase and lowercase.
Making a unique password means that it should not be your birthday, pet name, or anything similar that would allow a perpetrator to easily guess it and take control of your website.
Keep it Updated
The majority of online websites are powered by one of the popular CMSs (content management systems), such as WordPress. If your website is using any of the popular CMS platforms, you have to make sure that it is always updated to the latest version. This is simply because the developers identify bugs and security holes and patch them in newer versions.
The same applies to the plugins, if you are using any. Outdated plugins pose one of the biggest threats to your website security, as they can easily be exploited by hackers who can seriously damage your website.
Switch to HTTPS
In order to protect your website and its users, you should definitely switch to an HTTPS protocol. It is an improved version of the HTTP protocol and will make the communication between user browsers and your websit
Switching to HTTPs is of utmost importance as your website has to be compliant with PCI DSS. It will prevent hackers from intercepting the data between your website and its visitors. By leaking this data, hackers can expose personal information, thus compromising the privacy of your website visitors.
You can get sued for this and forced to pay enormous fines, which can hurt your business or even worse, force you to close it down.
These are the four easy ways of keeping your website secure. As you can see, none of these require you to have any technical knowledge. With just a little bit of effort, anyone can minimize the risk of their website security being breached.