Website hacking is one of the biggest concerns of any site owner. There are a variety of reasons unscrupulous people would want to gain access, from stealing your customer’s financial data to piggybacking on your content. You don’t have to be a tech expert to minimize the risk of intrusion, as some of the most effective measures are the simplest. You just have to make sure you are taking said measures. Here are just a few ways to keep your site safe.
Ensure Scripts and Platforms are Up-To-Date
Many tools we use for our websites are open-source, and the codes are easily available. Hackers will ill intentions for a website can examine the codes of scripts and platforms for vulnerabilities and exploit them. While this measure alone is not enough to keep the site safe, always running the most up-to-date versions of scripts and platforms, is a step in the right direction.
Install Security Plug-Ins
Security plug-ins can provide an extra layer of protection; they function by addressing the weaknesses found in a particular platform. If you run WordPress, for example, you might consider free plug-ins like Bulletproof Security. Most content management systems tend to offer a variety of security plug-ins. You might also consider programs that provide extensive monitoring of your site, from detecting malware to alerting you of specific vulnerabilities that compromise the security of your site.
Make Sure Programs are Fully Updated
One of the keys to improving cyber security is making sure any programs you are running are fully up-to-date. Not only are you reaping the benefits of running the program at its fullest functionality, it ensures you are also protected by the latest security updates. Once holes are found, hackers will exploit them as quickly as possible, and if you are running an older version of a particular program, it will be that much easier for them to gain access to your site.
Word Error Messages Carefully
As you know, an error message will pop up when a person enters the wrong information into the log-in boxes. To better protect your site, do not craft a message that will specify whether the password or username is wrong; go with a generic message that simply states the information entered is incorrect. If a hacker happens to see he got half of it right, it will be that much easier to crack the second part of the equation.
Use Tools to Test Security
Performing penetration testing, or ‘’pen testing’’ as it is commonly referred to, will help identify any vulnerabilities your site may have. The programs used for this purpose basically try to compromise your site as a hacker would, and then provide results from the testing. At first, the number of vulnerabilities may seem overwhelming, but the programs will offer information on how likely it is a particular vulnerability would actually cause a problem. In most cases, many of the problems will not be a major concern for your site, and it will be important to just focus on the most critical issues.
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