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How to protect your website from hackers and spammers

Written by Sandeep Likhar

Relevant Tips on Optimizing Your Website Security and Making It Hacking Proof 

Website security has become a serious concern for millions of website owners. Irrespective of how well-crafted your website is, no one can guarantee its soundness when it comes to cyber attacks. The majority of websites are vulnerable to security attacks and malware threats. The advancement of hacking tools and technologies has further allowed vandals to gain a back door to your website and leave it exposed to attacks.

Lack of knowledge and vigilance on the part of website owners and developers has played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of intruders. Believe it or not, but there are thousands of people out there who are still using “password” as their password, or installing sub-standard antivirus softwares believing that it will safeguard their website. For hackers it’s just a game to spell doom to your website. They keep on trying different websites and start making inroads to the most undefended one- and that shouldn’t be yours.

Below is a list of some effective tips that you can implement to keep hackers at bay.

1. Keep Unrolling Updates 

This is one the most basic techniques site owners can follow to curb hackers ability to break into their website. Make sure you always keep your website updated with the latest softwares and updates of the platform that you are using- WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or any other. Hackers are quit to exploit websites with older versions.

For those who are using managed hosting solutions need not to care about updates as their hosting providers take care of security updates. However, for those using third party softwares on their website such as CMS, must be quick enough to implement security fixes.

2. Use SQL Injection 

SQL is one of the attacking techniques hackers implement to steal data from a website. It is one of the most prevalent forms of attack which is mainly done with the help of manipulative coding and SQL commands injected to a login form or URL parameter to gain an unauthorized access to the website database.

If you are using a standard Transact SQL, then you are already making their job half-accomplished as they can easily insert malicious codes into your query and destroy your information. To strengthen your website security, it is recommended to make use of parameterized queries. The majority of secure websites uses this and it can be implemented very easily.

3. Set Your File Permissions 

To ensure your website certainty, it is very important to know about the value at which file permissions and folders have been set on your website. Some applications need to be set at “777” for installation. In fact, most of us don’t bother to set them back to either “755” or “644” for files. Make sure you keep a check on yours.

4. Create Strong Passwords 

It is always beneficial to use complex passwords to augment the security of the most sensitive areas of your website. Using strong passwords for login or admin areas will give hackers a difficult time to burst into your website. Move over with passwords that contain your spouse’s name, your date of birth, or simply the word “password” because hackers could guess them easily and terribly harm your website.

In fact, it is good to encourage users to create passwords that are difficult to decipher. For this, you can enforce some password requirements, such as minimum eight characters, with a combination of uppercase, lowercase, and special characters. This will help them prevent something bad to happen.

Also, make sure all the passwords are stored in the form of encrypted values with the help of techniques like SHA. This way whenever you authenticate any user, you are actually examining encrypted values. For an added layer of security, we recommend you to salt the passwords.

5. Embrace Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 

In the landscape of web technologies, SSL is a popular concept among those who are in touch with the cyber security. SSL is basically a security certificate which encrypts the information transferred between the website and the web server. Only authenticate users have the key to decrypt the data and read it. This would make it difficult for hackers to gain an illegitimate access to your personal information. 

To Wrap Up

Keeping a website secure isn’t an uphill battle. You only need to have a strong grip over some ways that together help you beef up your website security and keep it safe against hacking disasters.

Author Biography:

JackJack Calder is known for it’s highly developed skills with perfect strategies. He is in Markupcloud Ltd working as Web Developer and involves in making different web development applications. He is also able to convert psd to responsive html in very less time. Jack loves to play tennis in his free time.

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Sandeep Likhar

Sandeep Likhar from Indore India, Blogger, eBook Designer and Founder of LetsDnD. Having five years of experience in industry as a Digital Publishing Expert and eBook Converter providing services to Authors, Publishers and distributors worldwide. Proficient in converting books into various formats HTML, epub, mobi, word, PDF including all major online platforms iTunes, Kobo, Kindle, Createspace, B&N, Smashwords and more.

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