Every website is exposed to the risks of the network. Every website runs the risk of being hacked, even if it is an unknown website, even if you have everything updated until the latest version, even if you have launched 10 days ago.
That’s why we must implement a myriad of security measures to minimize the risk of your website being hacked. Still, the risk is always there.
An intruder might manage to modify your website, to send SPAM through the same or hosting a phishing web. Those are some of the most common actions. Our work and yours is to minimize the possibility of that happening.
Using secure passwords is an essential security measure
Some of the security actions that can be implemented are complex and difficult, but there are 5 security measures that you can implement right now that are very effective and simple:
Uses complex passwords
The number of users using passwords such as 12345, Qwertyuiop, your own first name, the domain name, or your company name is huge. Using this type of password, the risk that your Web or email account is hacked is very large.
You must define complex passwords in all the sites: FTP, mail, the content Manager of your website, etc. A complex password is dkjf386$dsk#, any password you can easily remember is not a good password.
Keep your Web content manager updated
Today most websites make use of some content manager such as popular and free access hosting web sites that might seem like the solution for all your problems. They are fantastic tools, but the fact that they are so used increases the number of intruders trying to access them.
Any Content manager that is not updated is at risk, because surely youll have security leaks known by a large number of hackers ready to steel your info, even that can be exploited by third parties to hack your website.
Therefore, if you use a Content manager on your website you must update it constantly. Doing so is not difficult and can save you more than a disgust.
Luckily you count with the fantastic team of experts at JodHost, whose assistance and guidance in security is included in all our hosting services, which allows you to easily update any application you have installed.
Uninstall the software from your website that you really don’t use.
It is so easy to install applications and pluglins this days that we find our webpage with more that what we really need. Many websites end up full of software that you do not use at all.
All software can be vulnerable to attacks, so the less you have the better. Do a clean up of your website right now!
Keep your personal computer up to date
This is one of the most effective actions, since a very high percentage of password and intrusion thefts have their origin in malware or viruses existing in the computers of their owners.
Keeping your computer up to date is not difficult. It is only a matter of accepting all the updates that your own computer suggests. The software that you must keep updated is the operating system itself (Windows, OSX, Linux,…) of your computer, Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader.
Uses Secure communication protocols
If you use unencrypted communication protocols you run the risk of a third party capturing your passwords. Starting to use encrypted protocols instead of unencrypted ones is very simple, you just have to change some habits:
- Do not use FTP if you can use SCP or SFTP. Today all FTP clients support SCP or SFTP, so use them.
- Enable SSL/TLS on your mail client, both for the incoming mail server and for the outgoing.