To secure your website from hackers online is a task that most folks think you need to have a Phd in Software engineering to handle.
Keeping your website data safe is something that can be easily handled by anyone with basic computer knowledge. It doesn’t have to be rocket science.
Now you may think your small business website has nothing special that is worth hacking, but that’s not true.
Your online profile matters a lot.
Aside trying to obtain some information as the case may be, hackers can use your profile to engage in dubious act which may damage the reputation of your business or brand.
In this post, I’m going to show you 5 simplest ways you can secure your website from hackers like a pro even if you are a novice in website security management.
Note: if your webite has already been hacked, the points below cannot help you retrieve your site. In such a case, you need to hire a professional web management agency to help you out.
Always Keep your software updated
Simple as it may sound, keeping your software (i.e. the content management system that powers your website) and other online platforms updated is crucial in securing your website against hackers.
As technology advances, you should follow suite to ensure that every piece of software (or plugins) you run is up to date.
This is because, outdated software can easily be cracked if not upgraded.
Hackers are in the habit of roaming around looking for the slightest loophole on your site so that they can penetrate and cause harm.
You might think that since most content management systems (like WordPress and Joomla) are coded by some of the brilliant minds in the world of programming, hacking is not possible – my dear this isn’t true. The more outdated your CMS is, the more the security weakens.
So don’t think twice before updating your site as soon as it is out of date.
Use strong passwords
I know you will be like, – it’s obvious na. But the question is; how many times have you actually taken your time to choose a strong password that has the capacity to secure your website from hackers.
My bet is “zero times”
Your website’s password must be seriously taken into consideration.
It just so funny that at this age in technology, people still use something like, chizzy123, iyk123, john123, ifeco123 or their full name and then add 123. Many use their dates of birth.
Your password should be a complication that only you can understand.
Most sites would always warn you about the strength of your password – whether it is weak, fair or strong.
I want you to bear in mind that as soon as hackers come across your site, they tend to try these simple passwords because majority are just so fond of using them.
Here is my professional advice to you;
Avoid using the following personal details below as your password
Numbers like 123, 1234, 12345 and so on.
Your first and/or name.
Date of birth,
Domain name (for website admin backend)
As soon as any wannabe hacker lands on your website, these are the first things he/she will try. It’s hacking 101.
It is crucial to use strong password combinations (capital letters, special characters and numbers) to access your server and website admin area.
But equally, it is also important to insist on good password practices for your users to protect the security of their accounts as well so that hackers cannot have access to your site through your users.
Don’t use random computers to access your website’s backend
Always use specific computers that only you have access to.
It is important for you to know that most browsers these days will automatically store your login details the moment you access a restricted area of your website.
Except you go to the settings section of the browser to delete it or to delete the entire cookies/browsing data, you might just have given a potential hacker access to your website without even knowing it.
So always be watchful and don’t use any random device you lay your hands on to access your website’s restricted areas !
If you really want to secure your website from hackers, take this particular point very seriously
Check your website visibility settings
Your website provides you with setting so you can decide on what you want your visitors to have access to. That’s why some CMS provide you with the option to choose whether to make a file public/private.
Just make sure that every file you don’t want to be made public is protected as private.
Exposing some vital files (like installation files, files related to your database etc.) about your website is rather risky and can give hackers opportunity to compromise your privacy and steal your data.
Always sign off/log out
Most people are just fond of leaving their site without logging out. While many content management systems (CMS) will log you out automatically after about a minute or two of inactivity, this is still very dangerous.
Leaving the backend of your site open is just a direct invitation to hackers. Someone can quickly reset your password and you will lose control of the site.
Lastly, NEVER EVER use the same password for all your accounts online. This may sound obvious, but you will be astonished by how many people who actually do this all the time.
There are other simple ways to secure your website from hackers but these are the simplest ones that we often neglect.
I would recommend that you take good care of your website. Avoid any loophole that might give hackers chance to get to you. Beware, the effect of being hacked can be totally disastrous for you and your business.