Websites get hacked. Period. It compromises your confidential business information as well as your users and customers. But how do you prevent it from happening?
Well, there is no single process of preventing a hack, but many steps that can help you minimize the risk and close as many loopholes as possible. Today we will look at a few prominent ones.
SSL certificates encrypt all communication between the server and the client. Only the intended recipient of the communication can actually view it. While dealing with sensitive data such as IDs, passwords, credit card numbers, etc., SSL helps you protect. As the data is turned into the undecipherable format by SSL. Moreover, a valid SSL helps you affirm your website’s identity and help in better search engine ranking aka SEO.
Update, Update & Update.
Countless websites go live every day using CMS (Content Management System) and these systems have made it really easy to create websites helping more and more people, businesses get online while making the whole process less cumbersome. But do you know that majority of websites that get hacked are actually due to some of the other loopholes in these CMS platforms? So what do you do?
Developers are smarter than hackers and to make sure you stay safe they update and close those gaps learning every time a hack takes place. So all you have to do is update your CMS and other related plugins as soon as an update is available making your website more secure.
Don’t invite hackers.
We all receive those spam emails, someday offering us too good to be true deals and someday making us win millions of dollars in the lottery (only if it were true!). So what is the number one rule while dealing with these pesky spammers (read hackers)?
No matter how delighting those offers sounds, never ever click those links, never. Almost 94% of malware’s are delivered via email, making it the number one tool for hackers. So as soon as you receive that email, not just delete them permanently but also report them as spam, making sure they don’t land in your inbox next time.
WAF – Website Application Firewalls.
The typical firewall, installed on every computer these days, sits on the edge of your network and filters out incoming and outcoming traffic. Similarly, a WAF protects your website filtering the traffic coming towards it. Some crucial areas where they work are;
Bots – Helping identify humans and automated traffic, automatic bots are used by hackers.
Cross-site Scripting – Blocks hackers from deploying client-side scripts.
Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks – All traffic is measured, preventing hackers to overwhelm your database.
SQL Injection – Hackers add code to forms and other input fields to gain access to the site’s database. WAF can be very helpful in preventing such attacks.
Anti-Malware – WAF is quite effective against malware used by hackers.
Hackers and their techniques keep evolving every other day, so it is necessary to always be on the lookout. After all, prevention is better than cure. Also, backup your website whenever possible.
But if you are at all confused about where to begin or what to do next, do not hesitate, we can help you provide all-round security protecting your data and the privacy of your customers. Know more here.