Many small website owners assume that their sites will not become a victim of hacking but this has been proven false for a lot of times. Hackers will always attack websites with holes in their security and size will certainly not matter. A single attack on your site can compromise data including the information of customers and you will have a lot of explaining to do why a customer has suddenly become a victim of identity theft. Implementing a few basic steps on your site will ensure its security and safety from online hackers.
How to build a layer of security around your site
Make sure that software is regularly updated – CMS providers that include WordPress and Joomla regularly release patches and updates so that their software is less vulnerable to attacks. As a site owner it is your responsibility to ensure that all software being run is up to date. Third party plugins often fall into disuse over time and it is important to clean out the website from unused and old plugins because they can create holes in your security that will allow hackers to wreck havoc with your site.
Web Application Firewall – is a website’s first line of defense. It is designed to inspect incoming traffic and weed out any malicious request. Until recently, Web Application Firewall was only available as hardware appliance but it has been revolutionized as a security solution. This solution offers protection from SPAM, SQL Injections, Cross Site Scripting and brute force attacks.
Secure communication through HTTPS – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure is a safe communications protocol that can be used in transferring sensitive information between a website and a server. The rationale behind the use of HTTPS is adding another layer of security through encryption like Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) so that data can be relatively safe from any hacking attempts. Besides security aspects, Google has announced that HTTPS will be factor in search engine ranking.
Passwords – brute force attacks have made inroads in guessing user name password combinations but while strong passwords will not completely eliminate attacks to your site, they will ensure that hackers will not get their hands on your important data and information.