How to make your Website secure: 7 Tips to follow
You have to make your website secure, which means setting up security to keep out hackers, bugs, etc.
Some of the Website security is covered by your Website host like Site ground, Host Gator etc. and you should call them first if anything will happen.
But finally you are the one who is responsible for your website security; after all it’s your website.
A Hacker is attacking website in every 30 seconds in the US, influencing 1 out of three Americans consistently.
Try not to leave the front entryway of your website all the way open! Something else, your information could be in danger, your site could crash, or you could even lose your hard earned money.
You don’t need a lot of technical skills to secure to secure your website, so here we will tell you some simple steps to implement and make your site secure.
First you have to know the fact that why even the websites are hacked?? What’s the reason? Once your website is hacked, you will get to know about it, because there will be something very-very wrong.
Here are some ways in which Hacking presents itself:
- Cloaked Keywords Hack: The pages of your site will look like normal pages, but the written content is slightly altered by the hacker.
- Ransomware: The hacker will ask for some ransom from you, and will threaten to publish your content here and there.
- Gibberish Hack: There will be a lot of auto created pages with keywords to rank on Google. But when you click on them, they will take you to a dodgy site.
- Malicious Code: If they will be inserted into your site, your site will go down and you will not be able to access it.
- Japanese Keyword Hack: It creates random pages in Japanese language with hundreds of affiliate links.
- Denial of Service: Hackers will overload your website with traffic and crash it.
- Phishing: Hackers will contact your clients and will pretend to be your business partners.
Best thing to save yourself from these cyber-attacks is to keep your site and software’s, plugins updated and of the latest versions.
Here are some tips for how to make a website secure:
Install SSL Certificate:
It’s the simplest thing you can do to protect your website. Install a SSL Certificate; it is the HTTPS that you see in the address bar with the padlock. It encrypts data between your site and visitor such as Login Details.
Nowadays Google often warns the visitors when they try to enter a site that is not secured. SSL is very important to your site, when you are accepting payments through website.
Three ways to install SSL:
Install a free Lets Encrypt SSL for free yourself.
Either you choose a hosting provider, who provides free SSL.
Or Choose a Website Builder, which includes free SSL.
Use Anti-Malware Software:
You don’t need to worry about all the technical stuff; this S/W does all the work for you. There are several options for this, some are free others are paid. Often Hosting providers include Anti-malware Software as part of their plans and you don’t need to pay anything extra for that.
Make your passwords tough and hard to crack:
A tough password is the wall between you and a hacker. Spend some time to make the passwords of your site stronger.
Here is the list of the most common used passwords:
Instead of using these passwords or easy to guess phrases, you should use some long passwords, some combination of phrases etc. You should never use personal information in your passwords. They will be easy to crack.
Keep the Website updated:
It means you have to keep your website software up to date. You don’t need to worry if you are using a web builder, but of you are using platforms such as Word press, then you have to keep yourself updated. You have to run updates for your Word press plugins and also for the core software.
If you don’t do this, then your site will become vulnerable to glitches, bugs etc.
Always choose quality and trusted Plugins, made by trusted developers.
Manually accept the Site Comments (Don’t auto approve them):
Comments are the best way to measure the engagement and to provide social proof to the visitors. We all love receiving comments on our website. but there are some fake accounts, bots, which are always ready for trolls, silly comments or spammy link.
If a visitor can directly comment onto your site, without being approved, then there is a chance of some malicious link to enter in your comments section.
And if some visitor clicks on that link, it will expose his/her personal data and accidentally install Malware.
Always keep your site settings to manually approve the comments, before they will appear on your site.
Run Regular Backups:
Always perform all the above steps to ensure your site safety. You have to run regular backups for the safety of your site. It ensures that in the worst case scenario too, you don’t need to panic, you will have your site safe and you can re-launch it any time, you want.
A Backup is just copy of all the data of your website like Files, Content, Databases, and Media etc.
There are many ways to keep you’re the backup of your website:
- Use a paid service like Code Guard or Sucuri.
- Use a service provider that includes backups in its plans. Some hosts have inbuilt backup software, some give add-ons.
- Use a Word Press plugin to manage the backup yourself like Updraft Plus or Vault Press.
It’s up to you, that which method you choose, but still there are a few things which you should keep it in your mind and always look for:
- Automated Backups: By this method you will create a backup, and you can sit back and relax.
- Off-Site Backups: It keeps your data in an off–site location rather than a normal server.
- Redundant Backups: This means your website data is stored in multiple locations.
- Regular Backups: You should run at least weekly backup of your website, to secure yourself from any hacker attack.
Hopefully now you have learned how to make a website secure, and you also don’t need very high budget and tech skills for that.
We have provided 7 tips to make your website secure, but there are plenty of ways, tips, tricks and tools to secure your website.
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