How To Protect Your Website From Hackers

A website that is not secured is open to hackers and viruses.

A successful attack on your site not only leads to compromising of users data and your own information, it can also lead to blacklisting of your site by Google and other search providers as your infected site risks spreading malicious content throughout the web.

Hacking is a regularly performed by automated scripts written to search the internet in an attempt to exploit known websites security issues in software. There are some things you can do to protect your website from hackers. Here are some steps to take.

 Passwords
It is pertinent to use strong passwords for your server and website admin area, but equally, it’s also important to insist on good password practices for your users to protect the security of their accounts. Passwords should always be stored as encrypted values, preferably using a one way hashing algorithm such as SHA.

In the process of someone hacking your passwords, using hashed passwords could help damage limitations as decrypting theme is not possible.

The best someone can do is a dictionary attack, essentially guessing every communication until it finds a match. You can use website security features like membership providers which provide inbuilt website security and ready made controls for login and password reset.

 Make Use Of HSTS Preloading
You can optionally support/use HSTS preloading as extra security for your website. To enable this, you must set the include Sub domains directive in HSTS header. If the site Www-example.com serves an HSTS header which includes Sub domains, here are the domains it would match:

Site URL: Include Sub Domains
Www. Example: True
www.Example: Match
Foo.Www.Example: Match
Example.com: No match
Foo.example.com: No match

 Read Technological Blogs
By reading blogs on technology, you can stay up to date on the last blogs that are not in internet. Keeping current will help you stay one step ahead of others and protect your site from threats.

 

 

 HTTPS
HTTPS is a protocol used to provide security over the internet. It helps guarantee to users that they’re talking to the server they expect, and that nobody else can intercept or change the content they’re seeing in transit.

If you have anything that your users might want private, it’s advisable to use only HTTPS to deliver it.

Google have announced that they will boost you up in the search rankings if you use HTTPS, giving this an SEO benefit too. Insecure HTTPS is on its way out, and now is the time to upgrade.

 Protect Your Database With a Password
In most cases, it is not required to assign a password, but having one can act as added security. Having a data base password will not slow down the website at all.

 Monitor Your Files
If you want some extra added security, you can monitor the changes to the website files via plug-in like; Word Fence or Acunetix.

 Error Messages
Be careful with how much information you give away in your error messages. Provide only minimal errors to your users, to ensure they don’t leak secrets present on your server (e.g. AP keys or database passwords).

 Set up Website Lock Down Notification
A lock down feature for failed login attempts can solve a huge problem, i.e., no more continuous brute force attempts.

Whenever there is a hacking attempt with repetitive wrong passwords, the site gets locked and you get notified on this unauthorized activity.

 Constantly Upgrade Your Website
Try to upgrade your website as soon as possible regardless if the upgrade contains new insight or not.

 

 

 Make Admin Directories Tough to Spot
One easy way hackers gain access to your website data is by going straight to the source and hacking your admin directories.

Pick innocuous sounding names for your admin folders that are known only to your web-masters to greatly reduce the possibility of a potential breach.

 Use Email as Login
Using an email ID instead of a username is a more secure approach. This is because usernames are easy to predict, while email IDs are not.

Also, any word press user account is always created with a unique email address for logging in.

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