Now it's easier than ever to build a website for yourself or your business using CMS platforms like Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal. These multifunctional platforms provide users with all possibilities to launch a website in a matter of minutes. But it's always a good idea to secure your web-site in order not to be hacked in the future. Did you know that 65% of cyber attacks target small or medium-sized businesses. Moreover, every 39 seconds a hacking attempt is made. You might think that your web-site contains nothing special or important and all the information is publicly available, so there is no need to protect it, and there is no need to bother. The fact is that a hacker can use the hosting platform you pay for to commit various evil acts: sending spam messages, placing malware for downloading, or even hacking into other web-sites. There are a number of steps you can take to keep your web-site, and eventually all your data, safe: Keep the web-site up to date
This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your site secure. Most hacks are carried out by automated systems that scan the Internet for vulnerabilities of outdated software. Then the automated tools check the web-site using a database that lists vulnerabilities in versions and plugins of WordPress. There are similar databases for other available Content Management Systems (CMS). Constantly updating the web-site, plugins, themes, and others will ensure that any vulnerabilities are fixed as soon as they are detected. Most CMSs have an automatic update feature to improve security. If the updates do not happen automatically, it is important to visit the web-site and update them manually. Use unique passwords Hackers have been compromising databases to intercept customer’s data for years now. With this data, hackers can either sell the combination of email addresses and passwords to test on other websites, or simply sell the email addresses for spamming purposes. Nowadays, most web-sites encrypt passwords for storage, especially CMSs such as Wordpress and Joomla. However, due to past leaks, there are already billions of personal data available for attackers to exploit. That is why it is important to use unique passwords for each web-site, so if a third party web-site is hacked and you use the same username and password, a hacker will not be able to get an access to your web-site. If you have trouble remembering individual passwords, you can use a password manager to increase your security. Such an application will save all individual passwords and allow you to have even a 21-digit password. However, it needless to say that you have to have a unique and strong password. Plugin selection
It is important to remember that while the plugins are very useful and may provide functionality that is not available in the vanilla version of the CMS, these plugins are developed by individuals and are not checked for security or performance by the CMS developer. When choosing a plugin, you need to pay attention to the last update date (constant updates mean it is being actively worked on and any security issues will be resolved fairly quickly), the number of installs (if there are two plugins that do the same job, and one plugin has 1000 installs and the other has 10 installs, then the plugin with the most installs is likely to be not only more useful, but also safer), and the reliable sources (use only official plugins. Do not install pirated versions of plugins as they are most likely to contain malware to infect the web-site).
User Access Use two-factor authentication for the login page. After entering a username and a password, the user needs to enter a second piece of information to continue. It can be a text containing a unique code, or a password offered by an automatic one-time password generator. This will prevent people from using stolen login details to access the system.
Restrict a login page access. If you do not expect users to login to the web-site, you can restrict the login page's IP address so that only your IP can access and log into the login page. Do not use shared accounts. It is important that each user of the web-site has their own login for reporting and monitoring purposes. How would you know which account has made the unwanted changes to a shared account if such an event happened? Install SSL Having SSL (Secure Sockets Layer ) will not stop hackers from attacking the web-site, however it will protect the login page and any other entered data from being viewed by anyone else on the network. This is especially useful when using a public Wi-Fi hotspot because anyone else on the network can see who is connected and, in some cases, read the data being exchanged.
Without SSL you send the data as an open text. But if you install SSL it will encrypt the data, so only the destination site server can read it.
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