Your website is probably an important part of your marketing strategy. If it isn’t secure, then you risk exposing sensitive information such as customer names, credit card numbers, or even personal details. Hackers can steal your customers’ data and sell it on the black market.
They can easily access your site through a variety of methods, from simple phishing attacks to malware infections. And also gain access to your database using SQL injection techniques.
That is why website security has become a crucial part of a successful business.
You need to protect your website from malicious code and your data from being stolen. The good news is that you can prevent these threats with some basic security measures.
Here are essential things that you can do to safeguard your website right now:
1. Secure domain ecosystems
When it comes to cybersecurity, the domain ecosystem is a vital component. It is the backbone of every website and server.
The domain ecosystem consists of two parts: registrar and DNS records. The registrar handles all domain registration requests, while the DNS records are responsible for translating human-readable URLs into machine-readable IP addresses.
To secure this ecosystem, you need to review both registrar and DNS records for all domains. Make sure that there are no suspicious changes in any of them and change all default passwords.
The registrar is the company that provides hosting for your domain and DNS records.
The registrar will also provide you with the default password for your account, which you can change once you log in.
When reviewing your DNS records, it is important to check if there are any errors or outdated information in the records.
It is important to keep software and plugins up-to-date. Software updates are released almost every day, and they are not just bug fixes. They might include security patches that could protect the website from being compromised by hackers and patch any security holes.
Keeping your software and plugins up-to-date is a necessary habit to have. It helps you with the security of your site, and it also ensures that you’re not wasting time on outdated or unused plugins.
How can we help:
If you are using WordPress, here are tutorials for WordPress security and updates:
The two-factor authentication is a security measure that requires the user to provide two different types of identifiers, one of which is something only the user knows (a password) and one that is something the user has (a physical token).
The time has come when having a strong password is just not enough. Hackers are getting smarter and more aggressive in finding vulnerabilities, so 2FA has become a necessity for your peace of mind.
“Privacy – like eating and breathing – is one of life’s basic requirements.” Katherine Neville
6. Good Web host
Web Hosts provide server security features that better protect your uploaded website data. If you are looking for a host, you should look for these things:
SSL availability and support
Backup & restore features
24/7 customer support
Availability and uptime
Transparency about hosts features and usage policy (don’t use unlimited hosting because there is no such thing)
Transparency about hosts’ data center locations
7. Website backup solution
Website backup is a must for every website. It is the only way to keep your site data safe in case of a disaster.
The most common methods of backing up a site are: – Manual backup: the most basic and usually involves downloading copies of all your files, databases, and images to an external storage device. – Automated backup: with plugins or with third-party services. – Cloud storage: usually with Amazon S3, Dropbox, or Google Drive, and it allows you to store your files on the cloud server and access them from anywhere in the world.
The most important rule is to use at least two backup methods for the same website. Your backups should be stored in different places with no connection to each other. This is a must, for your peace of mind.
“Security is always excessive until it’s not enough.” Robbie Sinclair
8. Web application firewall
A web application firewall is software that monitors and filters the incoming requests to the web application. It’s a good idea to install it before launching the web application.
Web application firewalls are designed to protect the applications from various threats such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting. These types of attacks can cause serious damage to your business, so it is important to have protection in place before launching your app.
It filters and blocks the requests to the webserver to prevent any malicious activity. The web application firewall can be installed on the machine where the website resides, on a proxy server, or both.
Also, to be safe, install an antivirus on your device that you use to assess your web page and your server and keep It updated.
How can we help:
If you use Extilum hosting, We keep you safe with:
Web Application Firewall (OWASP and cPanel)
NGINX Reverse Proxy
A CAPTCHA is a type of challenge-response test used in websites to determine whether or not the user is human. CAPTCHA is often used to prevent abuse of a system by automated computer programs, such as those engaged in web scraping, brute force attacks on passwords, and other malicious activities. CAPTCHA has been around for about 20 years now and has been used by many companies on their websites for this purpose. It usually presents you with an image of some text that you need to type in, and the website will then tell you if it was able to decipher what you have typed in.
Now it’s advanced to reCAPTCHA v3 from Google. reCAPTCHA v3 helps you detect abusive traffic on your website without user interaction. Instead of showing a CAPTCHA challenge, reCAPTCHA v3 returns a score so you can choose the most appropriate action for your website.
There are several reasons why you would want to enable hotlink protection on your website: 1. To prevent bandwidth theft 2. To prevent unauthorized use of your images, videos, and other media files. 3. To protect the loading speed of your site.
Hotlink protection can be set up so that any links to your site are either prevented or redirected to a different URL.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.