How to secure your website from hackers today
There is nothing as terrifying to a website owner than seeing his website compromised or completely wiped out by hackers. It is tough seeing a site being injected with a Virus or a Ransomware. We will take a look at how to secure your website from hackers today in this post. website security is the key.
We see always in the news how hackers attack one company website or the other. You might be thinking that your business is too small for hackers to come after it. Research has shown that 43% of data breach victims are small businesses.
Hard work and resources have been put to build your business website or brand and time also has to be invested to secure it and protect your brand.
Take time to learn how to protect your site with these basic tips.
Every website is at risk of being hacked. Following the steps below will help reduce the risk your website will be exposed to.
Types of cyber threats or attacks
One cannot know how to actually counteract a cyber-attack except he knows the type of attack that is happening. So in this section we shall take a look at the different types of attacks hackers carry out on websites and other social media account. We will not talk about that of social media though.
What is a cyber-threat?
Any attempt by hackers to damage a computer network system is termed a cyber-threat. Or It is an attempt to damage or infiltrate a computer system over a network.
Having the knowledge of these things are essential to an entrepreneurs to help them stop cyber-attacks on their systems.
Types of cyber-attacks
- Wiper attacks
- Distributed denial of Services (DDoS)
- Ransom ware
- Intellectual property theft
- Theft of money
- Data manipulation
- Man in the middle
- Unpatched software
- Data Destruction
- Rogue software
- Advanced persistent threats
- Drive-by downloads
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Five steps to protect your website from hackers
HTTPS stands for Hypertext transfer protocol Secure. As a buyer, whenever you want to buy a product online look to the top left side of the screen for the lock icon and “https”. If you see the lock sign and the https it means the site is secure and security breaches will hardly be carried out there. The possibility of that site being hacked is minimal.
An SSL certificate is very important for every website whether you collect sensitive information or not. SSL certificate secure the transfer of information between your website and the server so it cannot be intercepted by hackers. In 2018 Google released the chrome update which warns site visitors of sites that don’t have an SSL certificate or the five letters “https”. Not having an SSL certificate make visitors likely to bounce even if you don’t collect sensitive information. I don’t visit sites without the HTTPS on it.
Because search engines want to enhance user experience and want them to be safe from cybercriminals, they are taking website security seriously than ever before. Websites without the HTTPS or SSL certificates are ranked lower in search engine result.
What does this mean for a website owner? IF you want to have your brand trusted you must install an SSL certificate on your site. The cost of an SSL certificate is not much, but it will go a long way to securing your website and enhance trust in your brand by customers. It offers an extra level of encryption to your website.
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Install security Plugins
Most websites nowadays are built on Content management Systems (CMS). IF you use CMS you can add to the functionality of your website by installing plugins. Your website can be enhanced with security plugins that prevents hacking attempts on your website.
All the CMSs have security plugins they provide mostly for free.
We shall see only wordpress security plugins here:
- iThemes Security
- Bulletproof security
These plugins will enhance the security of your website by foiling all cyber-attacks against your blog or website.
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Keep plugins and CMS updated
One of the leading causes of website infection is the lack of timely updates of plugins and the CMS itself.
These plugins and CMS are mostly open-source programs which mean that it is accessible to both good and malicious developers to add in their code.
Leaving your plugins not updated will give a chance to the hacker to gain access to your site’s dashboard and cause harm to your website.
To protect your site from being hacked make sure your CMS, plugins and even themes are always updated and functioning well.
Content management systems especially wordpress made it easy for users by always showing them plugins that needs to be updated at the top of the wordpress dashboard.
Use strong passwords
One of the first things hackers try to do when attempting to hack a site or even a social media account is to try guessing the passwords.
Most common passwords people use are their birthday date, spouse’s name, pet’s name, phone number or 1234.
Using the things listed above as your passwords is a very dangerous thing to do. Use strong passwords with the combination of uppercase, lowercase and the special cases. Better still, if you use chrome browser just use the chrome suggested passwords. They are always strong.
Also don’t use what seems like a default username like admin. Choose a different username from admin and use a strong password. Don’t give it people you don’t trust.
The question now is: What if I already have “Admin” as my username and it cannot be changed? Its simple. I have a way. Let me show you.
How to change your wordpress username.
To change your wordpress username name follow these steps:
- Log on to your dashboard
- Click on “Users”
- Add new user and give it a role of an administrator (this where you change the username)
- Save it.
- Log out and login with the new username and password of the new admin
- Go again to users
- Delete the admin with the username “Admin”
- Transfer all articles and pages to the new user
- Save it and you have successfully changed your username.
Use automatic backup
While you might have religiously followed the steps to preventing hackers from taking control of your website that is not 100% guarantee that your site is safe. Your site might still be compromised by the attackers. That is why I urge you to use the automatic backup systems to always backup your site in case of any loss o f date you will have it somewhere else and upload again to your site after rectifying the problem.
The best and most sure way to protect yourself is to always back up your recent posts. Backup can be done daily, weekly or even monthly. I suggest you do it daily so you don’t know when the attack will come.
An example of a backup plugin is Updraft plus.
While backups are done mostly manually there are chances you will forget to do it daily. It is better to invest in automatic backup so you don’t have to worry about doing it manually.
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The most terrifying things for all website owners is the loss of data from cyber-attacks. The best way to secure your site from hackers is to always make sure you follow diligently the steps mentioned above and secure your website from cyber terrorists.
All website whether those running on CMS or HTML pages need what is called a sitelock. A sitelock does not only close site security loopholes, but also provides daily monitoring for malware and virus detection. A business that relies on its site to run should consider investing in a sitelock. This also enhances website security.
Always make sure your firewall is on to prevent a possible cyber-security bridges.
There are free WordPress plugin you can check on google to help you reduce the lose of data as a result of an attack.
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