Why security required?
In this blog, we will discuss Website Security and focus on some simple points which you have to remember in terms of security. It’s not a big question that how you secure your website? But how early you do this. Securing your stuff which is present on the website, which you have written, composed and posted on the internet isn’t a small effort. Every work needs determination, contribution, and effort who makes it different from others.
It’s not a small deal to make your precious work easily available for stealers. Because hackers are everywhere and they are ready to steal your whole effort easily without leaving footprints. That’s also their effort, which is not as simple as we think, but why we give them an opportunity. Hackers don’t need your stuff which is already present on the website. They require access to your website and steal all the entire data (like details of visitors, payments, emails etc…). They actually earn by selling the information and also use for their personal use.
Something which is more important then hackers are Virus & Malware who also affect the website in many ways. They easily come to your website/server/system and avail your data to the hackers. In this industry a term Ethical Hacker also very famous, they are the security guards of your servers/systems/websites. They analyze your whole stuff with help of some tools and secure your presence from hackers but you have to pay them and here we are discussing totally free simple trick which you have to implement on your website.
Why not we put some restriction on them on our own without ethical hackers and let them play with some codes & software.
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Here is some useful tricks who secure your website from hackers & virus:
Make strong Passwords, change them regularly
Making strong password also very helpful in securing your website with help of special character, number, small & capital letters. It is necessary because hackers are ready to crack your small simple password with the help of Brute fore attach and Dictionary attack.
Strong password definitely eliminates these kinds of attacks and secure your website. You also have to remember do not use one password in many places, it will increase its chances of tracing. Change your passwords regularly and also make strong. We recommend you to use 2-Step verification which is provided by Google on the maximum of platforms.
Strong passwords are not just a requirement for your email or financial transactions online, they are also imperative for your website server, admin and database passwords.
Update software & plugins regularly
Wheather your website running on any platform, you have to update your platform and their plugins regularly. You also have to update your system and maintain firewall setting which will help to protect from phishing kind of attacks. CMS providers like WordPress, Joomla release regular patches, and updates that make their software less vulnerable to attacks. Ensure that you run these updates and have the latest version supporting your site. So the
vulnerability of your site will always low.
Also, use third-party checkup so they can tell you about your website stats in details and whether there any vulnerability present or not, it will help you to analyze your website in details. This will help you to track your website performance. Clean up unused, old plugins which are not in use it will boost your site and also make your website secure and easy to maintain.
Secure HTTPS (SSL Certificate)
If you are using HTTP then switch to HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) which is must require in terms of website security. It will secure your website and also give your website a security certificate which is known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), its a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.
SSL is also mandatory and implemented by Google from January 2017. However, all that is about to change with Google’s recent announcement that HTTPS will be a search ranking factor. Besides the security aspect of things, it now makes even more sense to shift your entire website to HTTPS to improve your search rankings simultaneously.
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HTTP Strict Transport Security
The HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a web security policy mechanism which helps to protect websites against protocol downgrade attacks and cookie hijacking. HSTS Policy is communicated by the server to the user agent via an HTTPS response header field named “Strict-Transport-Security“. HSTS Policy specifies a period of time during which the user agent should only access the server in a secure fashion. As the HSTS HTTP Header is only recognized when sent over an HTTPS connection, websites can still allow users to interact with the website using HTTP, to allow compatibility with non-HTTPS user agents.
The main security vulnerability that HSTS can fix is SSL-stripping man-in-the-middle attacks, first publicly introduced by Moxie Marlinspike in his 2009 BlackHat Federal talk “New Tricks For Defeating SSL In Practice”. The SSL (and TLS) stripping attack works by transparently converting a secure HTTPS connection into a plain HTTP connection. The user can see that the connection is insecure, but crucially there is no way of knowing whether the connection should be secure. Many websites do not use TLS/SSL, therefore there is no way of knowing (without prior knowledge) whether the use of plain HTTP is due to an attack, or simply because the website hasn’t implemented TLS/SSL. Additionally, no warnings are presented to the user during the downgrade process, making the attack fairly subtle to all but the most vigilant. Marlinspike’s SSL-Strip tool fully automates the attack.
Website Security Seal (Just for Information)
Use website security seal which will ensure your customers or visitors that they are in a safe place and do whatever they want to like pay, subscribe, comment, post etc. Because a visitor also wants to ensure that he is using a certified or secure platform or not.
Security Seal will analyze your website and find malware if found then quarantine or delete them from the site. It works like antivirus on your website and maintains security.
Build layers of security
By using different security software you can make a security layer around your website. Like you can use antivirus on your laptop or computer and enables firewall setting on your system that is the first security layer. The use cloud-based firewall which famous these days for security concerns. All website owners can now “rent” a cloud-based Web Application Firewall, without committing to pricey security appliances or even owning a dedicated hosting server. Better yet, these plug-and-play services don’t require you to hire security experts or attempt to learn every aspect of web security.
Every year thousands of websites hacked, it’s becoming clear that hosting providers are not sufficiently equipped to handle all website security threats because website security is not within their primary agenda. Now cloud-based Web Application Firewalls are filling that void.
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