Whether you operate a massive online store or a personal blog, your website is important to you. You’ve probably put a lot of thought, energy, and money into your website. You care deeply about it for one of two reasons: it’s how you make a livelihood, or it contains personal or emotional information. This is why it is important to take all necessary precautions to safeguard your website. However, it might be scary to go into the area of website security.

This guide includes all the information you need to know about the dangers your website faces and how to mitigate them. (We’ll also try to avoid jargon and technical terms.)

The importance of website security and how to keep your website safe
The importance of website security and how to keep your website safe

How can we ensure the safety of our websites?

The term “website security” refers to any measure taken to protect a website from malicious actors on the Internet. Some examples of this include the use of strong passwords and the installation of security software to keep hackers out of your site.

The term “website security” may also apply to measures taken to prevent unintentional damage to a website or company, such as the loss of data due to human error.

How serious may the effects of a cyberattack be?

Malware and DDOS attacks may be prevented on your website when properly implemented. Malware, short for malicious software, may disguise itself in a wide variety of ways, making it difficult to identify. The “cryptojacking” epidemic that hit the NHS in 2017 is a notable example of a malware assault in which data was encrypted and held for ransom. Malware comes in many forms, and some may hide in plain sight on your site until they steal information from your visitors or infect their devices.

Although the name “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) may seem intimidating, the concept is rather straightforward. In this kind of assault, hackers flood a website with fake traffic to prevent legitimate users from accessing it. Criminals often demand money to stop an assault before they stop.

Hackers may be able to access your website if it is not protected, taking with them personal information about your customers.

Hackers may cause significant financial losses if your website is used for making money and is taken down. Worst-case scenario, data loss might result in financial penalties as well. A hacking assault might completely destroy your site. This might be disastrous if you’re keeping a personal blog and have a lot of posts saved from the past. It might force you to take your company down temporarily while you replace your website’s infrastructure.

If your website is infected with malware, hackers might be collecting sensitive information from your users, including passwords and financial information.

The target website (in this scenario, yours) might be hacked, and visitors sent to a rogue site where they could also be attacked. In addition, hackers might insert links into your site that go to dangerous or suspicious destinations in an effort to increase the search engine rankings of the destination site.

You run the risk of being banned from search results. Since Google’s primary concern is user safety, it actively blocks access to malicious sites. This implies that if your website is hacked, it may be de-indexed from search engines, and visitors may be warned that they are visiting a potentially dangerous site.

To avoid having your website hacked, consider the following tips.

Cybercriminals often go for “low-hanging fruit,” or easy targets, since it gives them the best chance of making money with little work. Because of this, the likelihood of an attack may be drastically reduced by implementing even a few basic security measures on your website.

Set up an SSL Certificate

Data entered on your websites, such as email addresses and payment card numbers, is vulnerable to access by an unauthorized third party (a hacker, for example) unless precautions are taken. A hacker will be unable to see any information input on your website if an SSL certificate has been installed.

An SSL certificate is included in all Website Security plans from HostRooster. On the other hand, you may get an SSL certificate.

Utilize anti-malware tracking

Utilizing a malware monitoring solution for your website is recommended since malware might be difficult to detect. One of the functions of a good malware monitoring program is to identify and eliminate any malware that has infiltrated your website. The Standard plan of HostRooster Website Security provides malware detection and one site clean-up per year, while the Advanced and Premium packages provide limitless clean-ups. Any website security solution you use must first focus on identifying and removing malware.

Make use of a firewall for web applications.

While malware monitoring is enough for personal sites like blogs, a web application firewall (WAF) should be used to further protect commercial sites. A WAF will further fortify your website’s safety by preventing malware installation in the first place. Including a WAF is standard with HostRooster Website Security.

Utilize anti-DDoS measures

Assuming your site has any monetization mechanisms, it might be subject to a distributed denial of service assault. HostRooster’s Website Security’s Premium and Advanced plans provide protection against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) through a content delivery network.

Immediately apply all available software updates.

Outdated software is a prime target for cybercriminals because of its vulnerabilities. Immediately install any available software updates, beginning with the operating system and continuing through any antivirus programs, WordPress plugins (if using WordPress), and any other programs you need. Keep in mind that the devices used to access and update websites are equally crucial to their security.

Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails.

Learning to recognize phishing emails is important in preventing the loss of sensitive information by accident. This manual will teach you how to recognize and avoid phishing emails.

Maintain consistent backups

A backup may help you go back up fast if your site is hacked. There is a separate Website Backup product available from HostRooster in addition to the Website Backup service included in the Advanced and Premium website security packages.

It is also important to back up any data that is crucial to your organization that is stored elsewhere, such as on a laptop.

Establish secure passphrases.

If your password is simple to guess, no amount of website security will protect your account. Be careful to use different, robust passwords for all your online accounts, including those associated with your website. Here, you’ll find some advice on how to build secure passwords for your various online accounts. Password management software like LastPass is another option to explore.

Protect private information by encrypting and password-protecting files saved in offline storage

While this guide has focused mostly on protecting your website, you may likely have critical company information kept offline on a laptop or other storage devices. Suppose this data includes sensitive information (such as credit card numbers or names and addresses). In that case, it is imperative that it be encrypted and protected with a password to prevent unauthorized access. The alternative is an inquiry by the Information Commissioner’s Office and having to tell your customers that someone may have access to the sensitive personal information because you left your laptop on a train.

Create a contingency plan

Cybersecurity measures can never guarantee complete safety. That’s why preparation for emergencies is crucial. Included in the plan should be specifics about the risks your company confronts, the measures you’ve taken to lessen those risks, and your strategy for getting back on your feet if an issue has arisen. This manual will teach you all you need to know about contingency planning.

In conclusion

The issue of internet security might appear daunting to the uninitiated, yet protecting your website does not need technical expertise. In order to keep your website secure, you need to invest in a website security package like the ones provided by HostRooster. Use robust passwords and update your software often. Concerned about online safety but need help figuring out where to start? To speak with a representative immediately, call the HostRooster help desk.

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