Leaving your website vulnerable is about as deadly as airing your private laundry out for everyone to see, nothing good ever comes from it. Not having website security leaves you susceptible to attacks from creeps and all sorts of I’ll intentioned hackers.
There is no one better to answer the question of how to secure your website better than hosting experts, because this is their trade and they have done this for long. Whether it’s your personal website or a company business website, security should be made mandatory. Web hosts know best how to counter these attacks and better yet, how to avoid falling prey to the implications of not securing your website.
Statistically, hackers attack small businesses and organizations at least 44 times each day. That calls for stringent security measures to be put in place and taken seriously.
5 Website Security Tips from the Hosting Experts:
The hosting provider you choose makes all the difference between tight security and an insecure website. With a shared host your website security may be compromised; it is thus advisable to use a dedicated host so that you are able to enforce tough security measures like bio-metric scans, encryption keys and much more. Your host should be able to keep the attempted hacks at bay and handle all threats in regards to your data. Make sure your data is securely backed up as well, to a remote server. Technical support is crucial and should be guaranteed.
Password policy. This is to protect your website account from being hacked by sophisticated software. Hackers nowadays have gotten hold of advanced hacking tools and capabilities that threaten your normal passwords. To that end, your host should put in place an advanced password policy to make it impenetrable. This could include uppercase letters in your password, the use of prefixes, numbers, special characters, etc. So to be safe, on top of the two-factor authentication, install a password manager to help calculate and deliberate the strength of your password.
The use of HTTPS/TLS encryption. Your data should be encrypted to secure your login pages, sensitive information like social security number, credit card information and login details. To make sure that this data is transmitted securely, use SSL among other encryptions, to secure your website. Encryption makes it almost impossible for a third party to intercept your sensitive information because it can’t be visible to them.
You have monitored user policies. Establish policies for your staff to ensure proper security. Where and when the website is accessed should be closely monitored as it is very easy for the employees to leave the website logged on and make it vulnerable to the hackers. Set up an alert whenever your site’s content changes. The use of uptime monitoring will help you when you’re not physically around to monitor. Look out for blacklists of any missed incidents and scan your regularly.
WAF – Web Application Firewall. This guards the site against buffer overflows, exploits, session hijackers, SQL injections and much more. A firewall protects your hosting services against all attacks. If you’re especially using shared hosting, all your settings and privileges are constantly at risk of being hacked because it isn’t possible to get maximum security in a shared hosting website. Note that a firewall provides protection and at least warnings against dangerous malware and attempted attacks.
All in all, hosting experts understand better what problems you might have to face on your website and have provided the above security tips to help keep your site safe. These tips will act as the first base for you and give you an upper hand when it comes to the safety of your website.
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