3 ways to improve the Security of Your Website

Investing on website security measures should be a compulsory idea to every web master. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to build a website site from scratch until it becomes a well-functioning site that users can navigate through and quench their intended purposes. But as there are nefarious web thieves everywhere, your website could compromised and get wiped out in minute without you noticing. There are some simple but unique ways that can help you to protect your website besides backing up your files regularly. Many people think that after web design is complete, hacking is not possible but with advanced technology, intrusion to your website features can occur.

Always Keep the Trendy Features on Your Platform

A strong website promotes business growth online which is why it should be trendy to overcome the stiff competition from synonym businesses. The platforms and scripts that you have launched in the website should be up to date to ensure that people find it hard to compromise your website security systems. Many of these features that people use, like plugins, are built on open-source software where people of all intentions, bad or good, can access them. When you leave these features for long on your website, hackers can easily generate the security codes of these features and easily intrude your website. Change them regularly and make sure that they are up to date because by doing so, they would not have the time to generate codes for the new features.

Security Plugins Installation Should be Compulsory

There is software that tools that provide 24-hour surveillance of your site to detect and bounce all the hacking threats from hackers. These software tools are readily available, and when you want to address the inherent website weakness, you just need to install and attach them to your website. A good example is Better WP security and Bullet proof security when you are using WordPress. If you use HTML pages, Site Lock could be the best software to install because it protects both website features that content. Improve business with your website by enhancing its security features.

Invest on File Permissions through Codes

This method is too technical, but it is not that hard to understand and implement. You can break down your site into files which would be stored by the web hosting company. Each of these files would be assigned a code with three digits that work to offer permissions or authorisation on who should access the file. For example 756. 7 mean the owner of the site and can edit, delete or make amendments of content. 5 means the person can read and edit but cannot delete or save changes unless permitted by 7 who is the owner of the website. 6 is the read-only user who is just allowed to read but not edit or do anything else to the website. Codes can take different numbers, but they are from 0-7.

Security measures of a website are important to put emphasis on because they are the ones that would enhance smooth running of your business.

Would You leave your Keys in the front door?

After this mornings news about Yahoo and the constant alerts about keeping your data safe, lets talk about how you can do it for free and the benefits and disadvantages.

Firstly you have look at your data online as open to grab, assuming this will make it easier to secure it. We’re going to discuss the levels of security and what you need to consider and how far you can take it, before I offer advice, this is not definitive, even if you do everything on this list, short of turning off the machine, locking it in a airtight case and shooting it into space, there’s no way to be totally safe.
How can people get in?
Bruteforce

Hackers try every word in the dictionary and variations on the word until its correct, this can take a long time to word but if they can narrow the password down it could take hours or days
Social Engineering

The scariest one so far is this, by gaining a little bit of information from you, they work through your banks, insurances, anything they can find and work step my step to gather more information, once they have enough, they can order replacement debt/credit cards, take out loans, open new accounts, its the core of Identity Theft!
Lets start with the basics…
PASSWORDS…

These are the most common annoyance of all of us, hundreds of different site, iTunes, Amazon, Website, WordPress… the list is maddening. Most of us rotate between 3 or 4 passwords due to the fact we can’t remember more than that, and when forced to change we all add 1,2,3,4 to the end. Consider what you’re using for a password, if its something like M4$$i0Nth4UniC0rN then you have nothing to worry about, always choose a password with multiple variations, such as numbers, symbols and mixed upper/lowercase letters, change them regularly.

You can use a password generator to create one, try this one.
Two Form Factor…

This is a new one on the block for the general public, pushed after the icloud hacks and android hacks, we all saw the data breaches at the big companies, here’s where two form factor is great. If your service offers you it, activate it… it is annoying but could save your data in the future and slows down both Bruteforce and Social Engineering attacks. Two Form allows you have a second authentication method, such as Text Messages, calls, Apps on your phone, this means if someone gets your username and password for the site they still can’t login without access to the authenticator, meaning you have a change to reset the account and save your data from falling into anyone hands.

At this stage I would say most of us are now covered… if you want to go further down the rabbit hole its all system specific, but we’ll cover the theories.
Hard Drive/Storage Level Encryption

Linux, Apple, Android all offer Storage level encryption as standard (you need Windows 10 Pro for Bitlocker, but there are alternatives out there). This means you can encrypt the entire drive of your machine and link it to a password, USB or even the particular machine. The advantage of these system is ‘theft’ if you have all you data stored on these drives and they are encrypted they will require your code or a long time to gain access to the data, they can still bruteforce the machine but if you took my advice from earlier that will take a while and might not be worth their effort!
Forget the password and use Certificates

Certificates for remote login are fantastic ways of getting ridding the human factor, combined with allowing logins from restricted addresses you can effectively force the hacker to find the certificate and the addresses for access to this server. You can either pay for them from us or you can use Let’s Encrypt!

Remember if you over secure a server/machine you limit your access, and in fact make it a more tempting target, try making a honeypot to trap hackers before they find the important machines, and if the machine is that dangerous, keep it off the network and away from the outside world.

Good Luck and remember Paranoia is good for security teams, but too much isn’t always the best thing!