Relying on just the simple and conventional methods to ensure you have maximum website security is not enough these days. The relation between the security measures you’re taking is directly proportional to the cunningness of those who want to infiltrate your website. One needs to be extra careful when it comes to securing your website, as it’s an online representation of who you are and what you offer. To gain the trust of your users, you need to be extra careful and make sure your website security is to the max!
Here are a few methods to help you strengthen your website security and give the hackers a hard time:
Source Code Disclosure:
Make sure your source code is protected because if it’s not, then hackers can retrieve the source code and access your sensitive database information. Protecting your source code makes sure that your source code disclosure cannot be exploited in anyway.
Renewal of SSL Certificates:
If your website is running on an expired SSL certificate it may not be vulnerable to attacks, but your users might lose trust in your site when an ugly warning will notify them that your website is not secure enough to handle their personal information, such as their credit card details. Therefore you might lose valuable or potential customers.
Keep Your Content Management System Updated:
If you’re using a Content Management System (CMS), make sure it is updated regularly with newer versions as CMS providers such as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! are always striving to make their systems better by introducing more security. Also, make sure you don’t install any malicious or non-trusted plugins and add-ons. It’s always a good idea to read what other users have to say about a particular add-on/plugin and install it only from trusted sources.
Keep Your Servers Updated:
If you are hosting your website on your own server or if your website is hosted on a third party server, make sure your operating system, anti-virus and firewall is updated. Another thing to note when choosing a server to host your website is to make sure the server is running suPHP – as it ensures that only the authorized person is able to access. One more thing, your server should have 24/7 server monitoring enabled as it will make sure that no malicious activity is taking place.
Use Strong Passwords and Secret Questions:
Most people don’t bother much about secret questions as much as they bother about passwords. It is highly recommended that (where possible) secret questions should be as complicated as the passwords.
Here is a tip that I personally use:
My secret question is never related to its secret answer. For example if I choose “Your favorite teacher’s name” as my secret question, I would set the answer to be something like “Honda city”.
Permissions for Files and Folders:
Some files would require your folders to be public when they’re being installed. Make sure, once done, your files and folders on the server have proper permissions set.
Considering these methods will ensure that your website is secure at all times. But beware, as time progresses, the hackers will find newer ways to break into your website. So it’s always good to gather up to date information and stay one step ahead of the ill doers.