How to keep your website secure
Even beginners to computers and web hosting can make large steps towards keeping their websites secure from malicious intent. Some hackers are trying to steal personal information, others will attempt to use your legitimate website to link to their illicit websites, and others simply wish to deface and destroy.
1. Keep your website updated
This is the number one tip because it is very simple yet absolutely necessary. You may be running your website on a platform such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal. These three different platforms are updated regularly, and not only to make the user experience nicer or the aesthetics more appealing. The major reason for updates is to patch security vulnerabilities found by users and staff.
Hackers search out websites that are running older versions of WordPress as easy targets.Updates do not stop at the platform. The more plugins that your website is using, the more security vulnerabilities you may be exposed to. To limit your risk, ensure that you are updating plugins as soon as possible.
2. Use tough passwords
This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are still people who use passwords like “Admin1”. These are the very first types of passwords that hackers are going to guess. By changing your usernames and passwords to something more difficult, you can stop lucky guesses and negate the power of brute force attacks. A website like passwordgenerator.net can help you make random passwords!
3. Security plugins can reduce the risk
If you are using WordPress, there are very useful plugins that can help your security. Some plugins will limit login attempts, useful if you are finding that you have many failed logins from other countries. Wordfence is a free security plugin that keeps you updated of major vulnerabilities and reduces the risks of hacks.
4. Use an SSL (https)
If you have an online store, or have any sensitive data stored like credit cards, an https address will protect their information by giving your customers a secure connection between your server and their browser. Feel free to read more with our guide to SSL certificates.
5. Do not allow users to upload files
Allowing users to upload files to your website adds a high level of risk. Even if you trust your users, are you certain that all of them will keep their login information secure? Even if your users are only able to upload images to create a personal profile, it could be used as a gateway to upload a malicious code. If you are less tech-savy, consider not allowing your users to upload any sort of file at all.