Everyone who owns a website should be taking preventive measures to protect website data from opportunistic hackers. This data not only compromises your business if hacked but you might also be liable depending on what kind of customer data is housed on the site. Here are 5 ways to secure your website data from hackers.
Change your passwords regularly
In some situations, hackers don’t require special techniques or advanced equipment to attack your personal data. Unfortunately, too many people rely on simple passwords for fear of getting locked out themselves. However, brute force attacks where hackers can simply guess a person’s password have increased at an alarming pace over the past few years. If you’re wondering how to secure website data, this is one of the easiest and most effective ways. You should choose strong passwords with a lot of variation (i.e. symbols, numbers, letters, etc.) and change them regularly.
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Cloak your admin directory
One of the more obvious weak spots that hackers prey upon when attacking website data is a site’s admin directories. As the direct source of access for admins, hackers smartly focus their energy on these folders in order to compromise the site’s cybersecurity. Fortunately, some of the most popular Content Management System’s have built-in functions that allow users to rename admin folders. This ‘cloaking’ of your admin folders makes it much more difficult for hackers to locate these hotspots, making it more likely that they’ll take the path of least resistance and move on.
Use protected servers
Many companies opt for VPS for amplification, efficiency, and affordability. Although these servers can help improve the functioning of your website, they’re not automatically more secure than ‘non-virtual’ servers. That’s why it’s critical that business owners seek out reputable and reliable VPS hosting providers that make an effort to protect your website data. You might have to end up paying a little extra per billing cycle for a well-protected VPS, but the added security is definitely worth it. This is a simple, yet effective way to keep your site safe from prying hackers. Working with an experienced provider will also ensure the security features are constantly updated to protect against new hacking techniques.
Don’t forget about social platforms
While protecting your website is paramount, it’s important to take into account all of the places that house critical information online. With so many businesses taking to social media for advertising, communication, and even sales purposes, the amount of sensitive information being housed on these platforms is increasing. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter do have built-in security functions, but there is more you can do to protect your data. For example, you can set two-factor authentication, improve your privacy settings, and set up security questions.
Those five letters you see at the beginning of most websites (HTTPS) are one of the most important components to securing a site from hackers. Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol Secure is a communication protocol designed to securely transfer confidential information from a web server to a site. Using the HTTPS protocol on your site means having an extra layer of encryption to data being transferred. This greatly increases your chances of protecting against hacking attempts and can even automatically deter the most unmotivated of hackers.
Not many online businesses pay attention to the threat of hacking until it happens to them. Fortunately, it’s much easier and more affordable than most people think to protect website data. By spending a little extra on services, taking time to optimize security settings, and constantly monitoring your data, you’ll be on your way to a more secure site in no time.
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