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The sad reality of the modern internet world is that cyber criminals will try to hack your website at some point. ...
The sad reality of the modern internet world is that cyber criminals will try to hack your website at some point.
Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to minimize their chance of doing any serious damage. Here are five tips to help you “bulletproof” your web presence and make things much more difficult for opportunistic hackers.
This is the simplest tip, but arguably the most important. Make sure you use strong, complex passwords for everything to do with your website and hosting—and this means the logon for your host’s control panel, your FTP access passwords, authentication details for any MySQL databases you use, and the logons for the “back end” of your website.
There’s no point in making things simpler for the bad guys just so you have easier passwords to remember, and it’s easy to think up memorable complex passwords that include numbers and punctuation.
SFTP stands for “Secure File Transfer Protocol” and is a way to transfer files between your computer and your website in an encrypted fashion.
You will probably find that, by default, your Web host has configured normal, non-secure FTP file access for your Web hosting account, but it’s usually simple enough to visit their control panel and switch to the more secure option.
It’s well worth it to have a detailed dig around for extra security settings within your hosting control panel.
First of all, make sure (if you’re using PHP) that you select the most up-to-date version for your site. Also, have a look out for an “extra security” option, sometimes referred to as “mod security,” which effectively adds a type of firewall to your Web presence that is effective against some kinds of online attacks.
Many modern websites are now built using Content Management Systems (CMS). Examples of popular CMS systems include WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. These systems make websites easy to create, with building blocks of templates and various plug-ins.
Security-wise, the problem is that hackers look for exploits in the underlying systems and the plug-ins they use, making it very important to keep all elements of the site up to date.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your site will still be successfully compromised. When the time comes to do some damage control, you’ll want to have an easily restorable backup.
Although web hosts generally perform some kind of regular backup of their clients’ data, it’s not always easy to have this restored exactly how you need, so it’s worth looking for a flexible solution and, ideally, one that allows you to roll your site back to a selection of points in time. If you do use one of the CMS systems mentioned above, you should have no trouble finding a choice of suitable backup plug-ins.
Hackers will always try to stay one step ahead, but by implementing the suggestions above, you at least make their lives a little more complicated.