5 easy tips to protect your website from hackers

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Cyber security has become increasingly important and every web hosting provider has an uphill task when it comes to securing their hosting environments for customers. This is because a website’s security has become one of the key parameters of choosing a web hosting provider since the number of attacks are increasing year after year. Most of the web hosting community has rolled up their sleeves in a bid to protect their clients, especially cloud hosting providers who are now coming up with various techniques to secure large storage data centers with cloud computing technology.

 

Security is going to be an ongoing challenge for not only hosting providers but also for us as users. Here, we seek to highlight five easy tips to protect your website from hackers in order to secure important data. Let us dive in and know how, shall we?

 

Keeping your software updated

As a site owner, who has built a website with the help of a web development team or on your own through a third party platform, it is important that you ensure all the software on the website is updated. There are so many websites that run on WordPress, Joomla etc. that keep all the software on the website updated. This assures you as a site owner that your website is safe and secure. In case you are using third party plugins on your website, ensure that you are keeping a track of their updates so that all of them are done on time. A handy tip to avoid any backdoor entries to your web pages is to get rid of any old or non-updated plugins.

 

Building more layers of security

Many hosting providers are upping the ante when it comes to securing their hosting environment. For instance, cloud hosting providers have started tightening the screws around WAFs (Web Application Firewalls) to inspect incoming traffic, weed out malicious requests, protect the website from SPAM, brute force attacks and cross site scripting. Earlier, WAFs mere mainly available as hardware appliances but with technological advancements they have been converted into Security-as-a-Service model. With this, security provisioning has become much easier across business segments. So, no matter what size of business you are, you can easily rent a cloud based WAF from your cloud hosting provider. Moreover, these plug-and-play services do not require you to hire experts, which in turn saves costs.

 

Switching to HTTPS

HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) is a safe communications protocol that is used to transfer sensitive information between websites and web servers. Once you move your website to the HTTPS protocol, you are essentially adding a layer of TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL to your HTTP making your users’ and your own data extra secure. It is not necessary that HTTPS is a mandate for any online transaction. However, Google’s decision to adhere and make HTTPS a norm has most website owners moving their websites to HTTPS because of the search ranking factor. So, both of these factors are a double advantage for website owners.

 

Make admin directories tough to spot

Hackers are quite smart when it comes to finding routes to access your site’s data. One point of entry is admin directories. Hackers use scripts which scan directories on the web server for give way names such as admin or login, only to enter the folders of your website. One way to protect these files is to rename them by picking innocuous sounding names. This way, hackers cannot spot your webfiles. Some popular CMSes like WordPress allow you to rename your admin folders to a name of your choice to avoid the breach of your website’s security.

 

Using strong passwords

This is one of the most important ways to secure your website from getting hacked. Usage of strong passwords is not only suggested by the platform provider but also by cloud hosting providers and other web hosting providers. It is an effective strategy to not just mitigate but also eliminate brute force and dictionary attacks. Apart from providing protection for email and financial transaction online, they are also critical when it comes to your web server, admin and database protection. Also, it is beneficial to not use the same password for different logins. Moreover, keep changing your password after every 2-3 months. This will prevent the breach of your website.

Conclusion
We hope you know how you can keep hackers at bay without much efforts. These tips are not exhaustive but really easy to implement. So, going ahead, keep a check with respect to all these pointers and ensure the safety of your website.