8 Tips to Protect Your Website from Hackers


If you're running a website and you think you're safe against hackers, you're not. Malicious people like to compromise sites every way they can think of. No matter if you don't post important stuff there.

 The majority of security breaches registered when it comes to websites target their servers. Why? Because hackers want to make good use of them. How? By receiving and passing on spam. Servers can also be used to serve illegal files after the creation of a temporary web server.

Hackers also attack websites because they want to send ransomware, obtain Bitcoins or use said servers as pieces of a botnet. No matter the reasoning behind their attack, you need to stay safe. We have some tips for you to do just that.

Install a reliable security solution

As a rule of thumb, antiviruses do a great job when it comes to protecting computers from hackers. With so many excellent options around, you won't have to worry about a thing. Just take a look at their descriptions and find what works best for you. We suggest looking for something that offers web security tools so you can stay safe every time you use your website.

After choosing your favorite security solution, we recommend taking it for a spin to see whether your website is safe or not.

Switch to HTTPS

Many website owners are loyal to the HTTP protocol. Considering all the cyber attacks happening throughout the globe every minute, that's not a good idea. If you don't want to fall prey to hackers, it is imperative that you switch to HTTPS. This protocol offers better security for both you and people who interact with your site.

HTTPS is especially good if you have a website that requires its visitors to provide credit card details and other sensitive data. In order to move from HTTP to HTTPS, you have to use an SSL certificate. Don't worry, you won't have to pay a fortune to get one. The majority are either low-cost or free. One of the better options is LetsEncrypt, which is free.

Now that you've switched to HTTPS, the magic can begin. A browsing device will be linked, via encryption, to the web hosting server where important data is kept. Cyber criminals or third parties won't be able to steal sensitive information that easily.

Already using the HTTPS protocol? You can dismiss vulnerable HTTP for your website with HTTP Strict Transport Security, HSTS in short.

Perform regular automated backups

Backing up data manually on the regular is another excellent way to protect a website from malicious people. If an attack were to happen, you wouldn't lose your important files, documents, and so on. Setting up automated backups is easy and it won't cost you a thing. You can also opt for cPanel, which is a hosting service that comes with integrated backup options.

Create complex passwords

Difficult passwords make a hacker's life complicated. Make sure they contain over eight characters, letters (lower and upper case), symbols, and numbers. Make it as complex as possible and you're good to go. If you have a hard time remembering passwords, look for a password manager.

Software must be up to date

Want to keep your website safe from cyber threats? Make sure its software is updated. This includes everything from forums and CMS to the server operating system and so on. Magento, WordPress, and other platforms like them will tell you if system updates are available so you can quickly install them. Do you use many plugins? You have to manually keep them up to date, too.

Find a web application firewall

If you prefer using one security solution for your computer and a different option for your website, you can opt for a web application firewall. Otherwise known as WAF, this tool is the equivalent of an antivirus for your site. With it running on your pages, you can be sure that as soon as a threat appears, it will be quickly taken care of.

Stay safe against XSS threats

Cross-site scripting, XSS in short, is an attack that targets your website via dangerous JavaScript. The latter affects your visitors' and users' browsers and steals data which is then sent back to the hacker behind the threat. This malicious JavaScript is also able to modify the content of a page.

To avoid this type of attack, we recommend CSP, which is otherwise known as Content Security Policy. It's a tool that informs a browser to restrict what and how JavaScript is performed in a certain page or more.

Uploading files is a no go

If a user wishes to upload a certain file, stop him or her from doing it because it could pose a serious security risk. These files can have a dangerous script which will damage your website. The best solution to avoid file uploads is to block direct access to uploaded content. Should a file be uploaded to a site you own, it will be sent to a folder that exists outside of the public HTML directory.

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