It doesn’t matter what kind of website you have, you need to save your website from being hacked. Hackers create security breaches not only to steal data or to deface your website. They can cause a lot more damage to your website and your users than you may think: they can set up a temporary web server to serve illegal files, use your server to create email spam, use your server to mine Bitcoin, etc.
In order to avoid these awful scenarios, we brought 10 easy tips that will keep your website safe from hacking:
1. Update your software frequently
If hackers find website security holes in your software, they won’t doubt in trying to abuse them. This is why it’s necessary to ensure all software is up to date in order to keep your website safe. You should act especially quickly on applying security patches if you’re using third-party software on your site. However, there’s nothing to worry about if you’re using a managed hosting solution because the hosting company will take care of these issues.
2. Be careful with Cross-site scripting
3. Don’t give your users more information than necessary
If you want to prevent users from leaking secrets present on your server then don’t provide users more information than they need in your error messages.
4. Complex passwords
At the admin area is extremely important that you choose strong and complex passwords. Also, you must ensure your users to have strong passwords as well in order to protect the security of their accounts.
In case you have to face someone stealing your passwords and hacking in, you may use hashed passwords. Decrypting these passwords is impossible, so this may be helpful for damage limitation.
5. Web application firewalls
Once you install a web application firewall (WAF), it will start blocking al hacking trials and flits out unwanted traffic like malicious bots and spammers.
6. Use Only HTTPS
When having something that your users want to remain private, the best option is to use HTTPS because this is a protocol that will provide security over the internet.
7. Install security applications.
These ones, depending on which one you’ll use, can provides extra protection to your website by hiding the identity of your page’s CMS. Acunetix WP Security, for example, offers this service.
8. Hide admin pages.
Hackers will have a hard time finding admin pages if they’re not indexed. So we recommend using the robots_txt file if you want to save your admin page from being indexed by search engines. This mechanism will list search engine and discourage them.
9. Limit file uploads.
Avoid direct access to any upload files because they often open the road for bugs to get through, which allows hackers to have access to your website data.
10. Remove form auto-fill.
By leaving auto-fill enabled for forms on your site, you’re making your site vulnerable for hackers to attack from any user’s device that was stolen.
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