Secure Access & Data to Protect Your Customers & Visitors from Hackers
There are hackers out there and they want to get into your website. They have their sights on your website because it is a portal to a hosting server. Hackers love access to servers that are not their own. Once access to the server is gained, the hackers can then send out anonymous spam emails, monitor activity on your site or, worst of all, commit acts of identity theft or steal bank account information.
A few important steps can be taken to help ensure your website is a lot harder for hackers to breach. The following ten tips can go a long way towards making your website much more secure.
Update Your Scripts and CMS
Truth be told, sometimes very simple steps can be taken to cut down on the risk of being hacked. Equally true is these very simple steps are sometimes overlooked. Quite often, open source software has very easily available code. Old and outdated code can be easy to find. And hackers will find it and exploit it. Updating scripts and CMS can ensures nothing is outdated.
Always Secure Passwords
Wow, this is one the simplest steps to take yet do many do not do it. Logging a password in emails or other accounts that can be easily compromised means, well, they are going to get easily compromised.
Always Use Strong Passwords
See above. Weak, far too common passwords can lead to hackers merely GUESSING their way into your system.
Store Encrypted Passwords
Here is a solution that can make it next to impossible for hackers to get their prying eyes on your passwords. Encryption turns passwords into a string of random text. As a result, compromising the password becomes a lot harder.
Effectively Using SSL
A sad truth is SSL does not do much to prevent a website from being hacked. However, having a good SSL makes for an excellent secondary security layer, especially when it comes to the transmission of data. So, the most effective way to use SSL is to combine it with other anti-hacking methods.
Secure Directory & File Permissions to the Highest Level Possible
The highest level of security that will not cause an Internal Server Error can reduce the chances of keeping a hacker out. Note: doing this alone might not be enough to protect the system. Consider this method a one of many approach as part of a comprehensive security and protection method.
Parameterize SQL Queries
Now, here is the good stuff. If you parameterize your SQL queries, you greatly reduce the potential to be hacked. Parameters are place holders for values and they can make SQL injection attacks a lot harder.
Be Smart with Generic Error Messages
Generic error messages that offer up sensitive information literally give a gift to would be hackers. Be smart about what type of information you give away on the message.
Employ Form Validation on Server & Browser Hacking
The more obstacles you put up in front of a hacker, the less likely the hacker can actually hack successfully. Strong form validation can certainly deliver an obstacle that a hacker, even one using a tried and true validation hacking program, might find difficult.
Boosting Security of Uploads
When an end user uploads files on your website, the door is opened for a hacker to send through a malicious program. To cut down on such an event, the security program scanning the upload must be high end.
Still Have Questions?
Leave your any questions you have about securing your website against hackers in the comments and we will answer all of them. Or, if you need more personalized help you can contact DemonTech Hosting support.