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Robert Kolaski
Robert Kolaski 4 December 2018
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Top Tips on How to Secure Your Website from Hackers-Everything You Need To Know

Are you a website owner? Well, read this article for details on how to secure it from hackers. Hacking has become a major issue in the online world. Many fail to protect their sites because of the wrong opinion that they do not have information worth protecting. What they do not know is that hackers are interested in using the sites to set temporary and illegal servers. They also use the servers to mine for cryptocurrencies and commit identity theft. A site may slow down during such times, offering visitors a reason to find other options.

To avoid this, you must secure your site by:

  • Limit File Uploads

You may feel the need to engage your site visitors more by allowing them to upload files directly to the site. Some of them will be thrilled by the web sharing offer. However, this can open your site completely to hackers. The file can be scripted in such a way that hackers can obtain all the information they need within split seconds. If you allow file uploads, you must be vigilant enough to determine whether the file is a sizable image. You may want to change file permissions, so that the execution of the malicious act is limited.

  • Update Everything

Failure to update your software gives hackers a chance to compromise your system and website. While some updates are done automatically and freely, others require you to pay some fee for the services. Delays in making payments can be costly to your company as hackers do thousands of scans on a regular basis seeking for vulnerable sites. Always go for affordable software programs and that offer you enough warnings before exposing you to hackers’ world.

  • Install a Web Application Firewall

The software or hardware based tool will protect your site by reading all the information passing through the servers. Most of them are cloud-based, and are provided at a reasonable fee. You will have some peace of mind knowing the malicious activities will be identified and blocked.

  • Watch Out For Error Messages

You are likely to give away a lot of information to hackers through the error message. They can detect vulnerabilities just by reading such messages. Limit them by offering few details in the process. The details should be kept in your server logs, and shown to the user only when it is absolutely necessary.

The figure below shows one of the common error messages on a website

  • Use Strong Passwords

If you have more than one website, there is a chance that you are tempted to create an easy-to-remember password. Some people prefer using the same password to log in to all their social media accounts. Hackers are smart enough to guess such information. They can study your personal information such as your birthday, the day in which you opened a site, your wife or kid’s name, and location of business among other things. They will attempt to log in to your site using such data many times. Avoid the negative impacts of hacking by creating a strong password. Combining the uppercase letters with the numbers can help in this case. You can also come up with a lengthy password.

  • Install a Security Socket Layer

You can install the SSL by using htttps. It allows you to send secure data to your network so that the intruders are discouraged from tapping into your content. Visitors can browse securely and have the confidence to offer you their financial details. Failure to do so gives hackers a chance to imitate the users and be in a charge over the login sessions.

The purpose of SSL is illustrated in the figure below

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  • Hide Your Admin Pages

You are at more risk when your admin pages are indexed by the search engines. On the other hand, hackers will find it difficult to trace them when you use robots text files to hide the pages.

  • Do Away With the Form Auto-Fill

An auto-fill left on a site gives hackers an easy time to attack you using a stolen computer or phone. Don’t expose yourself in this way, instead ensure that auto-fill forms are disabled immediately.

Here is an example of an auto-fill form

  • Monitor Your Network’s Security

Even after using various techniques to secure your site, it is still important to be observant. Hackers barely play a fair game. They are relentlessly looking for small opportunities to achieve their goals. Always ensure that passwords are changed as frequently as possible. The logins should expire within a short time. Still, you must never write down your password while all your devices must be scanned at all times.

  • Back-Up Everything

It is possible that the worst will happen at some point. Have an on-site and off-site backup, so that your operations will keep running even after the unfortunate event.

All in all, you have many options when it comes to protecting your site from hacking. You can consult a website designer to help you choose the right and affordable tools and techniques.  

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