Often time, the best of the ways to tackle any complex issues are the easiest ones. You do know that you have to save your website from the bad people out there. However, when you start going down the path of securing the vulnerabilities of your website, you will face the wall of complex concepts combined with some twisted solutions. There are still some best practices that you should be following to improve the security of your website. Here we present six things that you can do to create a secure environment for your website.
#1. Make use of software that will alert you
In order to protect your website from DDoS(Distributed Denial of Service) and hackers alike, you would need to install server and file monitoring software so that you can get notified of any unusual activity that occurs on your website. DDoS attacks are getting very powerful day by day and until you have a very large distributed network, you will find it extremely hard to save yourself from these attacks. One of the biggest reasons these attacks become so powerful is because of botnets. These botnets allow just a single attacker who is using as small a footprint as 1MB in bandwidth to magnify that bandwidth in a huge way. Just a server/file monitoring program is not enough to stop this, but it will still help you know that you are under a DDoS attack the very early stages and help in minimizing the damage.
#2. Implement SSL
SSL (Secure socket layer) has been with us for a while now and it works by encrypting the data in a manner that it cannot be wiretapped and stolen by the bad guys. If you are accepting debit or credit cards, then you must use of SSL certificate in order to secure the data being sent/received to/by your web server to a browser. It is, however, necessary that you make use of payment gateways or some hosted shopping carts. If you do need to collect any personal data, then you should be getting a certificate.
#3. Use a dedicated server
When you are hunting for your hosting provider, you should be looking to get a dedicated server or at least a virtual private server in order to get the best security. Websites that do not get a huge amount of traffic are usually hosted on shared servers and these function by sharing the resources amongst all the sites that are hosted on that server. Such shared servers are vert difficult to secure fully. It is hence recommended that you completely avoid such a scenario, more so if you take online payments.
#4. Enforce strong password
Construct your login area in such a manner that it forces the users to sign up using strong passwords. This needs to be clearly written in the instructions used for registration purposes. One other thing you can do is force the users to change their password regularly every so often. You should prompt your users to have them create strong passwords and telling why they should be using strong passwords even if you are not able to tell your customers that they need to use a strong password manager. The longer the password, more difficult it is to break it, so always ask your users for a minimum length of characters to use for their passwords (at least 8) during the time of registration.
#5. Choose a secure platform for your website
There are large number of platforms for website that you can choose from, so you may find it somewhat difficult to figure out the best choice. You should undertake a thorough research and listen to what other people have to say to get the best results. If you end up deciding on a WordPress installation, then you need to make sure that the web developer has not missed any of the plugins and has taken all security measures that are needed to prevent hackers from getting in. A large number of people/organizations make use of WordPress to run their sites, so it is one of the most commonly attacked platforms because of its popularity. You need to immediately change the default admin names after the installation and make sure that the WP security plugin has been installed.
#6. Install software updates
Manufacturers push out regular updates to keep their operating systems and other software running efficiently. You may feel tempted to push these updates to a side in order to save your time. These seem like a hassle as some of these need a full system restart and the installation time may eat into productivity. This is a very dangerous practice, as some of these updates may contain important security patches. You should be installing these patches as soon as you can to keep your system fully secure.