5 Easy Tips to Secure your Website
You’ll be surprised at how common data breaches are! According to a study by the University of Maryland, hackers attack every 39 seconds, on an average that’s around 2,244 times a day. Well, given the statistics, keeping your website secure is of utmost importance. Securing a website not only helps your website avoid bugs but also makes sure you don’t lose your data and, in turn, the money invested to run your website. The question that arises is ‘How should one secure a website?’
Here are 5 simple tips to keep your website safe and secure:
- Install an SSL certificate
Installing an SSL certificate is the simplest way to keep your website secure. An SSL certificate ensures that your website is protected by encrypting the transmission channel between your website and the server.
One of the easiest ways to know if the SSL certificate is installed properly is by checking the green lock symbol in the address bar of your web browser and the ‘https’ at the start of your website URL. The ‘s’ in HTTPS stands for Secure and is added once the SSL certificate is in place.
SSL certificate makes sure that your connection is secure and private even when you enter credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information, along with the data on your website.
At BigRock, we value our customer’s website and website security. To ensure this our web hosting packages come with a free SSL certificate to keep your website secure from the moment it is up and running!
2. Keep your website software up-to-date
Whether you run your website on a pre-built CMS (Content Management System) like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. or have coded your own website backend, it is important that you keep the software up-to-date.
One way to ensure this is, by regularly updating the security patches that the software rolls out. This is important as hackers can take advantage of the bugs and security loopholes and exploit your website. Updating to the latest software version helps fix bugs if any.
Open-source software codes are more vulnerable to hacker exploits as they are available for all to use. If you use open-source software it is more important that you regularly check the software repository for the latest version updates to keep your website secure.
If you use WordPress CMS your web hosting provider may regularly update the software version, nevertheless, it is a good practice to login to your WordPress dashboard and update your CMS regularly.
3. Install security plugins
Plugins are another simple way to keep your website secure. There are tons of security plugins available that offer protection against hackers and malicious codes. Depending on the CMS you are using you may choose the security plugin of your choice.
Here are some security tools that you may find helpful:
- WordPress Plugins:
- Drupal Security Modules:
- Joomla Security Extensions
4. Use strong passwords
Setting strong passwords is sage advice. Most people despite knowing the threat a weak password poses, choose to keep it simple, only because it is easy to remember! Well, everything easy comes with a price and the price of an easy password can be quite high.
Some of the common passwords that hackers will have no issues cracking include ‘123456’, ‘qwerty’, ‘qwerty123’, ‘iloveyou’ and other such easy to remember passwords.
Few steps you can take to set up a strong password are:
- Your password must be 8 to 12 characters long
- Your password must be a combination of at least 1 uppercase character, lowercase letters, special characters and numbers
- Don’t set up predictable passwords like date of birth, name, company name, country name, website service name, etc. depending on your website
Remember, if you do run an e-commerce website it is of utmost importance. That said, even if you’re not an e-commerce website it is important to have a strong password. !
5. Invest in automatic backups
It is always important to be prepared for the worst. Assume, the worst-case scenario of losing all your website data despite having all the security checks in place. At a time like this, it is important that you have an option to recover all your website data as trying to gather lost data can be quite a task.
Regular automatic backup services make sure that your data is backed up regularly and, in case of a data breach, recovering data is easy and less stressful. Moreover, automatic backups are not costly if that’s what you are worried about. Depending on your data you can choose a plan. One backup service we can vouch for is Codeguard. Codeguard is affordable and takes backup over the cloud, so you always have your data whenever you need it!
Learning how to secure a website and keeping it protected is a major part of keeping it safe and healthy. If you don’t have these security measures in place, it is time you make sure to take care of these to keep your worries at bay.
Remember, time is of the essence and keeping your website secure goes a long way when it comes to mental peace and the future of your website. We at BigRock, aim to safeguard your website by providing security features. You can check our website for the same or get in touch with our support executive via call, chat and email.*
*In these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, our support teams are still available on Phone and Chat. We regret any delays or difficulties that may be caused as we adjust to the countrywide lockdown.
If you would like to know more about how to secure your website, check out our other blogs in the Security category.