Is there anything more terrifying for a website owner than the thought of a malicious hacker deleting or destroying all of your hard work?
We often hear about data breaches and hackers in this digital era. A single hack may cost a large corporation millions of dollars, so why would someone target a small company’s website? Small and midsize businesses, after all, face the same threats as large corporations, right? Big corporations, on the other hand, have more leverage and resources than small businesses. As a result, hackers are more likely to target a small business’s website or applications.
We regularly hear about cybercrimes in the United States and other Western countries. Unfortunately, cybercrime and data breach occur on a worldwide basis. Even in the Philippines, the threat of cyberattacks has grown even more, especially as more individuals resort to web-based businesses. The Manila Times quoted in a recent article:
“Web threat detections in the Philippines rose to 44,420,695 from 27,899,901 in 2019, according to a Kaspersky Security Network report. In terms of ransomware, Yeo said from May 2019 to April 2021, attacks on 7,055 Filipino firms with Kaspersky-protected devices were detected and blocked.”
Non-technical business and website owners focus on making money or attracting more visitors through their website, and they forget about protecting their assets from possible malicious attacks. It is always wise to invest in cybersecurity to protect your assets.
Here, we will provide you with 6 basic tips on what you might need to do to secure your company’s website and application. You worked hard to acquire it, so you may as well go the extra mile to ensure that your assets are well protected.
1. Updating your website’s software and application.
Updating your website might seem like a tedious and unnecessary thing to do but that is definitely not the case. Websites are usually attacked through known issues in your site’s coding. The simplest approach to defend yourself against such attacks is to configure your application to fix these problems as soon as they are identified. Keeping your website up to date can help prevent someone from quickly getting into your system via known security flaws.
2. Using HTTPS.
Using a secure session protocol to transmit data between the server and browser is unquestionably an additional degree of security. HTTPS encryption ensures that all data transmitted between the server and client is encrypted. Although this may not appear to be much, it gives more protection than ever before since it is impossible for someone to intercept your HTTP conversation without being able to read its content. Furthermore, it can be set up such that all communication between the website and any third party is encrypted.
Furthermore, customers who provide information, particularly financial information, are already aware of how to identify safe websites. Every time users give sensitive information to a website, they would typically check their browser for the lock icon and https. Those five letters signify that it is safe to provide financial information on that particular webpage. You are providing potential consumers with the assurance they require to trust your website. That is unquestionably a win!
3. Make use of strong passwords.
Strong passwords are difficult to guess, difficult to crack, and contain at least 12 characters. Website and server credentials function similarly to your personal credentials. They hold sensitive information that is meant to be safeguarded by your first line of protection, your passwords. The more characters you put in your passwords, the less likely it is that a hacker will be able to crack it. Passwords are easily hacked by malicious software, and owners risk having their passwords stolen when workers give login information to third parties. So, you also might want to keep the number of persons who have access to sensitive data to a minimum and encrypt it when possible.
4. Utilize secure and reliable web-host.
In order to start a website, you need a web-host. There are many cloud and server providers out there but this does not mean that they are all good. Some of them are unreliable so you should be able to identify the best. You need to be able to trust that there will be no intrusion into your system at all and that your website’s security is in excellent hands.
5. Assigning security permissions to your website’s and apps’ file folders on your server.
Permissions for security on your website and server files are always a good strategy. Someone will have admin access over a particular section of the file system after putting up the right. You might think that you don’t need to do these but you may establish permissions so that only certain users have access to specific files in that folder. This is especially important if you have many sub-folders containing sensitive business and customer information in the same directory, each of which requires more explicit access than the others. For example, if your apps are stored in a subdirectory behind the main ones, you may want to grant full access to the administrator without granting it to everyone else that visits your site.
6. Check the security of your website on a regular basis.
With a frequent and thorough security check, any potential issues with your website may be discovered right away. You can perform checks on your site using automated security monitoring tools or services, which offer thorough information on the health of your application or website. Having access to this level of detail helps website owners to address issues that have been found during monitoring and security assessments.
Hiring a professional firm that implements modern security measures can substantially improve the security of your website and decrease the dangers of it being hacked, compromising your hard-earned reputation and long list of satisfied customers.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SECURE YOUR WEBSITE AND APPLICATION?
SIMPLE, to keep hackers and cybercriminals away from your website, application and your business. Keep in mind that your website and applications are important tools for helping your company remain ahead of the competition. A hacked website or application may mean a lot to your business, and it might potentially ruin it.