Author: A J Rana, CEO & Founder of Solsnet
If you own a website, you’d probably be faced with the fear of seeing your work wiped out or significantly altered by a nefarious hacker. You’ve really put in a lot of work to make your website stand out and create a brand for yourself; it’s therefore, vital that you protect your site with the best security measures available.
But do you know how to protect your site from attacks? Don’t you worry, in this article; we will provide you with the top tips to keep you and your website safe.
So here we go.
#1 Always Update Platforms and Scripts
One effective way to protect your website from evil hackers is always to ensure that your platform and all the scripts you’ve installed are up-to-date. You see, many of these tools are created using open source programs thus making them susceptible to the malicious acts of bad-intentioned hackers. When you don’t update your scripts or platform, the weaknesses can be exploited by hackers to take control of your website.
If you’re using WordPress, for instance, it’s recommended that you always check the update icon in your dashboard to allow you access new updates.
#2 Install an SSL Certificate
Essentially, an SSL certificate confirms the security of your website and allow you to transfer information or files over an encrypted network to keep them safe. Although you’ll usually have to pay for an annual fee to maintain your SSL certificate, the protection it offers your website makes it worth it. Meanwhile, when opting for an SSL certificate, ensure that it has both business and extended validations to allow your site to receive that secure green validation next to your website’s URL on Google.
#3 Use HTTPs Encryption
Installing an SSL certificate on your website make you automatically have the HTTPs encryption. All you then need do is activate the encryption by installing your SSL certificate on the “Certificates” section of your website. Remember, always renew your encryption from time to time for robust protection.
#4 Ensure Your Passwords Are Strong
While this tip seems pretty simple, it can never be overstated.
Did you that the world’s most popular password is 123456? I’m betting that’s been your password at least once before. While it’s tempting to go for a password that you can easily remember, know that you can do better. I mean, a lot better in fact.
Always take your time when creating a password. Use a mix of letters, numbers, and characters. Common passwords like your year of birth should be avoided entirely.
If you need any more information or help to secure your website contact Solsnet today.