Bearing in mind that it’s nearly impossible to completely protect your website, there are many things that you can do to bolster the strength of its defences and make it less of a target to cybercriminals. A good way to see your website is as a building with a variety of access points and to understand the obvious importance of securing all these access points with secure locks. While you never know whether they’ll try to come in through the front door or a top-floor window, when every door and window is secured, it makes it far more difficult for criminals to gain access.
Ensure Tight Network Security
There are many ways to tighten network security at your place of business and it’s also important to understand that every computer in your network is a door or window that a criminal could gain access through. To tighten network security:
- Ensure all passwords are changed frequently
- Put a strong BYOD policy in place
- Have logins expire quickly after no activity is registered
Keep your employees up to date about what they can do to keep network security tight to prevent your business website from being hacked. Professional hack repair is an option once your website has been hacked, but you don’t want to have to use the services of hack repairers, you want to keep your website safe.
Update Software Regularly
Whenever you’re given the opportunity to update your software, do it immediately, don’t wait around as software updates are usually released due to specific threats and the longer your website is running a previous version, the more it’s at risk of being hacked. It’s worth mentioning that hacking networks share information about vulnerable targets, so you can be sure that if a hacker has found a vulnerability in a program, many more do as well.
Install a Web Application Firewall
There are two types of WAFs (Web Application Firewall), hardware based or software based. These firewalls are a necessary precaution as they’re located between your data connection and website server and serve the very important purpose of reading every single piece of data that passes through it. They’re relatively inexpensive and have been found to be one of the best defences against hackers, as well as any other type of unwanted, and usually malicious, traffic.
Back-Up Regularly Just In Case
As you can never be sure that your website is 100% safe from hackers, it’s essential that everything is backed up regularly, just in case the worst happens. This not only means backing up on-site, but also off-site on multiple locations and not just daily, but at least several times a day. Don’t make the mistake of using a single hard drive as many businesses have, as all hard drives will one day fail, use multiple hard drives to back up your data and check them regularly.
Whether your website has been hacked or you’re just looking for ways to make sure it never happens to you, these handy tips can help your business to strengthen its defences against hackers.