When website has been developed and live, usually it’s considered as “Job Well Done”. But is that it? Absolutely not. Only one possible way, with continues efforts to protect a website or web server. Website will reflect ailing on your business or brand, if it is hacked. A website is always inclined to security risk. And so are any networks to which web servers are connected. Setting apart risks created by operative use or misuse of network resources, your web server and the site it hosts present most serious foundation of risk.
Effect of Unsecure (Hacked) website on business, individually and Government
- Leak personal information
- Top secret classified government data
- Access system functionally or sensitivity data
- Poorly reflect on business or brand
- Hacked website effect on business more than money
- Destroying trust from customer
- Effect on brand reputation
- Fall in business revenue
How do you keep your website safe and secure?
- Update web scripts and software constantly
- Identity management
- Access management
- Additional layer security
- Backup your site
- Monitor your site
- Keep yourself update by reading tech blog
Let’s discuss in detail.
Update web scripts and software constantly
We should ensure to quick apply any security patches on third-party software which we are using on website. Mailing list or RSS feeds delegating any website security issues. If we are using any CMS, when you log-in you can notify by available system updates.Web script is an important part of website security. Make sure to upgrade the web script as soon as the upgrade is released.
Ensure the Admin’s login credential is kept secure and confidential. The email address should not be similar to the one used on the website. Make sure this email address you keep private, which is help to prevent scammers.
It’s recommended to change the database table prefix, if blog, script or CMS has been used on the website. Let’s consider WordPress as an example; on WordPress blog database table prefix is “wp” and by changing the table prefix we avoid the possibility of security breach.
Password is the first point for any security breach. One of the most common technique known as a brute force is use for password cracking. In this attack trying to guess multiple username and password combinations. From last couple of years, this method of accessing has increased. Using strong password on some level we can control brute force attack. Over the internet with use of strong password we can make more secure of different application like — database, ftp, webserver admin panel and etc.
Use Secured FTP Access: FTP is a most easy accessibility way to upload or download data to your webserver. Anybody can sniff what kind of data uploading or downloading. Instead of use of SFTP / Secured FTP we can control this security loop holes and make secure connection with webserver for data transfer.
Additional layer security
Switch to SSL / HTTPS: SSL (Secure socket layer) / HTTP (Hyper test transfer protocol) is secure way to communicate with website. It is a secure communication protocol which is used to transfer data securely. Adding a layer of security via move your site on SSL or HTTPS, data will be more secure from hacking activates. With SSL or HTTPS, we are adding encryption layer for more security.
Use plugin that offer extra layer of security: Established platform always offers plugins which can extend their functionality. Always looking for plugins that can add an extra layer of security.
Backup your site
Elementary but simple point — backup strategy is required for website scenario as well. Backup should be taken which will help the website to run smoothly — files, content and database. Keep backup on off site location. For restoring website, require backup. We suggest that at least once in year test backup to restore and make sop document for reference.
Monitor your website
Monitoring website is a basic thing to do but effective when it comes to website safety. Definitely we don’t like, if something was bad things happen with website, and from our customer, supervisor or via social media got news instead of us. Be clever and use one good monitoring tools, A lots of tools are available in market like free one - www.uptimerobot.com
Keep yourself update by reading tech blogs
Over the internet, keep update with the latest information about vulnerabilities, bugs and attacks. Surely this information will give you an heads-up to protect your website.
Originally published at www.knowarth.com
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