How to Secure Your Website from Hackers

This guest post was contributed by Caroline on behalf of Secure Thoughts, one of the best possible online sources for information regarding internet security.

Hosting a website can be very useful in the Internet Age. But if that website is not protected, then you, your data, and the data of your visitors, clients, and potential clients is in danger. Thus, keeping your website protected is of utmost importance. Fortunately, there are simple steps that can be taken to protect your website from these hackers:

Stay Updated and Up-To-Date on Everything

Staying updated and up-to-date is the most important and simplest means of protecting your website from hackers. But staying “updated” means several different things:

First, stay updated with the latest news and information regarding the most current hacking threats. You can do this by paying attention to trustworthy periodicals, websites, blogs, podcasts, and radio programs that focus on the nature of hacking, current hacking threats, and computer security. By doing this, you will be better aware of the dangers threating your website and will, thus, be able to take proactive measures to prevent being hacked.

Second, because hackers are constantly devising new ways of infiltrating their target, it is necessary to keep all platforms and scripts up-to-date. After all, platforms and scripts are often times updated in order to better protect the user from these destructive and hostile invaders.

Third, install all the latest security plugins for the platforms or scripts used by your website and update them as soon as updates are released. Security updates are created for a reason: They are there to protect you and your website.

Further, there are also many third-party security applications that can be used with various platforms or scripts. These can provide an added layer of security. Prices vary with some, like Acunetix WP Security, costing nothing at all. In any instance, a little bit of research can go a long way to discovering which of these might be useful for your website and keeping your website more protected.

Put a Firewall between Your Website and the Hacker

Nonetheless, even by staying updated and up-to-date, your website still remains vulnerable. A web application firewall (WAF) better alleviates this vulnerability by reading all of the data that passes between your website server and the data connection. Reading this data means that known malware, Trojans, spyware, or other unwanted entities can be traced to their origin and deleted before they infect your website or computer system. Thus, your data remains a bit more secure.

Protecting Your Website Means Protecting Your Computer

Defending your website does not only require, however, that you build a layer of security around your website. If a hacker wants to access your website badly enough, he will stop trying to break the lock on your window and steal the key to the front door, that is, rather than hacking your website, he will attempt to hack into your computer system. There, he can gain access to your website as well as all sorts of other personal information.

The first way to protect your computer is reactive but still effective: install anti-hacking software and run it regularly (at least once weekly but daily if possible). Find any unwanted entities left by these hackers and then delete or quarantine them; this can be one of the more effective means of removing the backdoors hackers may have placed on your computer.

A second, more proactive, and, thereby, more effective means of protecting your computer system (and website) is to prevent hackers from first accessing the gateways to your personal files and folders that constitute it at all. Perhaps the most efficient means of doing this is to install a virtual private network (VPN). Essentially a VPN uses a third-party server to encrypt your data whenever you access the internet. By using a VPN, a hacker will be unable to trace your internet usage back to you: it will be re-routed to a server elsewhere. The data you share online is thus secure and, so too, is your website. You can research more information about VPNs to find the one that has the features that are right for you.

Closing Remarks

In short, while there are many other ways to protect your website from hackers, the simplest way is by combing these three dimensions of security: 1) stay updated and up-to-date on everything, 2) use a WAF to trace information as it travels between the website server and its data connection, and 3) prevent entry into the website indirectly through the use of anti-hacking software and a VPN.

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