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We would like to start the article with some really serious and disturbing (sorry!) statements to reveal the scope of threat that your website might

“According to some reliable reports, at least Three Quarters of websites have some serious vulnerabilities”

“In 2015 malicious elements were able to launch as many as 1 million+ web attacks against the netizens, thanks to the security gaps”

“In 2015 as hackers were able to access (illegally) as many as 300 million records due to security negligence”

Being on the internet, you just cannot deny communication across several networks. However, that also makes your data vulnerable to malicious elements. By using SSL or encryption you can ensure that the information exchange between 2 networks is entirely encrypted and is readable to none. Considering that the sensitive information like transaction card numbers or account details can easily be misused, it is a must to have your data encrypted/ alternatively you can also use SSL. That the Google has made an announcement stating the sites without SSL and encryption will be considered as not secure, says a lot about the importance of SSL and encryption.

 

“Malicious elements stole as much as $1 Billion in 2015”

“Ashley Madison Hack left affected 37 Million”

If you are reading this article then it is quite possible that you may be running an online business and are interested in assessing the security status of your website. That’s a good thing. But most of the times, we just read such articles, expand our knowledge and leave. That completely defeats the main objective of such articles. If you are really need to take advantage of this article then take out the pen and diary and jot down the major points of the article. In fact, make a checklist and analyze how secured is your website and what should you do to patch up the vulnerabilities. Not doing needful for fortifying your site’s security is just like leaving your well stocked brick and mortar shop without closing down the shutter in the night! Here are 5 essential tips to secure your online business/website from hackers:

Use strong passwords and encryption

Using strong passwords is only half the battle wins as you still need to use them whenever you login. If, through any digital or physical means, the malicious elements get access to that password then you will be in a big trouble. The better way is to keep on changing the passwords as often as possible. However, things can be quite hectic and you can find it difficult to remember the passwords. There are proven ways to manage that. You can use password manager that allows you to keep a safe digital vault for storing all your passwords. If you feel too skeptic to use it then you may also design a strategy or complicated criteria for changing your password every week without boggling your brain. Tip: Use some base formulas to design new passwords often. This way you just need to remember the formula instead of struggling to store the password in your grey cells.

Go for security plugins

Though basic and advanced security tools do offer a good security, they also have an adverse effect on the speed in many cases. Besides, they are good for the initial security layer. In order to further thicken the security you need to add security plugins that are especially designed for specific programs or environments. They offer high functionality; total security and above all a dependable structure allowing monitor identify and destroy the security threats effectively.

Don’t give any clue to hackers through your error message

Many times your error messages can be interpreted by the hackers to gain some valuable key for backdoor entry. The error messages with sever information, detailed mention of problem and core technical terms elements can allow the hackers to intrude in the security. So it is advisable to keep you error information sweet and non technical?

Secure your server

Server is like a safe in which most of your highly sensitive data is stored. However, key is not the only way to open the safe. The advanced thieves can even open the safe with a needle or take apart some key portions of the safe. So you need to fortify the safety of your server by using multiple server security measures. Try these measures to ensure the safety of your sever data:

  • Data Encryption
  • Try disabling (unwanted) SGID or SUID binaries
  • Cut down unnecessary software
  • Harden sysctl.cong
  • Install Shrootkit hunter and Root Kit hunter

Use SSH or encryption to encrypt your communication

Being on the internet, you just cannot deny communication across several networks. However, that also makes your data vulnerable to malicious elements. By using SSL or encryption you can ensure that the information exchange between 2 networks is entirely encrypted and is readable to none. Considering that the sensitive information like transaction card numbers or account details can easily be misused, it is a must to have your data encrypted/ alternatively you can also use SSL. That the Google has made an announcement stating the sites without SSL and encryption will be considered as not secure, says a lot about the importance of SSL and encryption.

 

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