The online world is as unsafe as the real world. It is a place for hackers and cybercriminals predating your website’s data. According to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report and Consumer Reports, over 24 million households in the United States experience heavy spam, whereas 16 million have serious virus problem for the past two years. Spams and viruses are means for hackers to steal your personal data.
Bloggers as well are vulnerable to hackers. Safety first! Do these ten things to protect your blog site from being hacked.
The admin level of your website provides an easy access to hackers. What you can do is enforce names and passwords that are hard to guess. You can also limit the number of login attempts within a specific time. Moreover, you must change your password once or twice a month. This will toughen up the access control of your website.
Web hosting providers, website builders, and even your computer, they all offer software updates. These updates are necessary to fix certain bugs and glitches that affect the overall performance of your website and even threaten the security of your system. Always take advantage of software updates.
The main entry of viruses and malware is the internet. It is important for you to activate the firewall. It serves as a barrier between the computer and the network which restricts entry of unwanted data, including viruses and hackers. A firewall may be software or hardware based. To strengthen your website’s security, you can install a web application firewall (WAF) which monitors HTTP traffic to and from a web application.
Install security plugins
Apart from the WAF, you can also install security applications. In fact, there are free plugins that let you hide the identity of your website’s CMS. This will make your website more resilient against hacking and other cybercrime activities.
Limit file uploads
Hackers can also enter your website through file uploads. However, file uploads are essential for a website. The best solution for this is to prevent people from having a direct access to any uploaded files. Store the data outside the root directory. Web hosting providers can help you with the setup.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure is a communications protocol that secures the transfer of sensitive data between a website and the server. Integrating this protocol to your blog site means adding a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) to your website, ensuring extra security from any threats.
Implement parameterized queries
One of the major threats to your website’s security is SQL injections. Hackers could insert code into your URL parameter to hack into your database. Thus, it is important to use parameterized queries that designate a specific measure of parameters to ensure hackers cannot inject SQL.
Like SQL injections, your website can also be under threat to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. To avoid this, use Content Security Policy (CPS) to empower your site to be selective of trusted domains.