Every 39 seconds, a cyber-attack takes place in the United States, affecting one in every three Americans each year.
You must safeguard your website from hackers, viruses, and other internet pests. Your data may be compromised, your site may collapse, and you may even lose money.
How to Secure a Website?
1. Secure Your Website with SSL Encryption
To secure your website, yourself, and your users, you may install an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. Getting a basic SSL certificate is a must. SSL explains the "s" in "HTTPS" and the lock in the address bar.
SSL protects data across your website and its visitors. Google now alerts users visiting non-SSL sites and "discriminates" against them in search results.
SSL security is critical whether you accept payments, collect login information, or send files. Without it, data is exposed to hackers.
2. Install Anti-Virus Software
That way, you need not to worry about the technical know-hows. It will detect and block harmful assaults.
Among its security services are:
- Web application firewall
- Vulnerability patching
- DDoS prevention
- PCI compliance
If you're not aware what this implies, that's OK — that's why anti-malware software exists!
3. Making Your Passwords Impossible to Crack
Not only are passwords critical, but they're also one of the simplest things you can do to improve your website's security. Spend 20 minutes now strengthening your passwords for a safer site.
It would help if you combined some of the password strategies to generate uncrackable passwords. Once you have your shiny new indestructible passwords, please don't share them with anybody, especially friends, and change them often (about once every quarter).
4. Update Your Website
Old software is like an unlocked door. If you choose a website builder, most will manage software upgrades and security for you. Using a platform like WordPress, however, requires constant monitoring and updating.
5. Don't Aid Hackers
Keep an eye out for messages, emails, or phone calls requesting personal information.
Scams are becoming increasingly complex. Here are five ways to keep unwanted visitors off your website:
- Avoid using public or open web access when working in a communal area like a cafe.
- Never click on a link in suspicious emails - delete them immediately! It is true even if you use a personal email linked to your website.
- Be careful who you allow admin access to — make sure they're trustworthy and security-conscious.
- Change your site's default configuration, passwords, and ids as soon as you create your account, especially for WordPress sites.
- Only allow verified professionals access. Scammers, for example, may try to take command of your screen to solve a technical issue.
You got it. While this may seem obvious, phishing emails are getting increasingly realistic.
6. Manually Accept Site Feedback
Use comments to gauge interest, give social validation to other visitors, interact with like-minded individuals, and even accept constructive criticism.
If users may post a comment directly to your website, they may include harmful links. Visitors to your website may unintentionally click on the link and expose personal info or install malware.
To prevent this, you may alter your site's settings to require human approval of comments before they appear, allowing you to remove spam. Other methods to decrease harmful links are:
- Ask visitors to register before commenting
- Turning off remarks on posts after a month or two
These strategies should keep scammers and their harmful links out of your comments area.
7. Make Frequent Backups to Brace for the Worst
Ensuring that you have a latest backup of your website means that you can quickly restore it when the worst happens.
Backing up your website data — folders, text, multimedia, and databases – is simple. Large or complex websites require more storage space to save all data.
Generally, utilizing a backup system is the most secure and dependable option. Regardless of the backup technique you pick, there are several key features to consider:
- Off-site backups — keep your data secure and off-site rather than on a regular server. It guards against hardware failure.
- Recall that 95% of security lapses are due to human error? Remember to generate backups and bear the price - automating this procedure allows you to rest.
- Redundant backups - your website's data is saved on numerous servers. Consider it as a backup for you!
- Regular backups — once-a-year backups aren't good enough. In the event of a hack, your site will be outdated. Weekly backups are ideal.
You should make backups often if your website is updated frequently. That said, if you're attacked, you'll never regret having too much backup!
So, get yourself a secure website.