If you have a website, you are at risk of being hacked. Hacker’s may be after confidential personal or financial information from you or your visitors. They could also be hoping to infect visitors with malware or redirect them to malicious websites. The average user is not only unaware of the threat hacking represents, they don’t know how to defend against it. Here are few easy things anyone can do to ogive themselves and their users a little more protection.
Find a reliable and secure web host. Possibly the most important thing to an online business is that they have secure web hosting. While most people think to see if a company has robust firewalls, they might not think to check to see if their web host has a client screening system to weed out malicious websites.
Regularly change your passwords. We all know now that obvious passwords are easy to hack, and while it may be a pain to come up with difficult passwords that consist of letters, numbers, and symbols, it can make the difference in keeping your systems from being hacked. Require that all users have complicated passwords that include upper and lowercase letters and consists of a minimum of eight character. Never use anything in your password that can be easily decoded, such as you or your pet’s name, your place of birth, or address.
Use website security tools. There are several reliable online resources like Netsparker and OpenVAS to test the safety of your website. These web application vulnerability scanners can give you an indication of how easily you can be hacked and what your weaknesses may be. Google Search Console can continuously monitor your site for spam or malware issues so that you know about them before they become a problem.
Keep your software up to date. This is a good idea across all your web devices. Hackers are continually probing to find weakness in software. Those updates that a lot of people don’t want to take the time to install include patches that plug holes those hackers have found. Not updating your system’s software essentially leaves known doors open to people who are looking to take advantage.
Hacking is one of those threats that people assume they’re prepared for, but most aren’t. A security breach can expose you or your users’ private information at risk or expose them to malware. Taking a few extra steps can do a lot to keep you and your site safe.