Why you should be responsible for your own web security

Recent significant hacks by cyber-criminals have increased the level of cyber-security awareness. Many now know that no site is safe from cyber-attacks and it is up to the individual website owners to take up ownership of the security of their site.

 

Here are a few ways you can keep your website secure and reduce the risk of attacks:

Keep plugins up to date

Ensuring your plugin is continuously up to date is necessary to ensure the safety of your site. Updating a site’s plugin must be applied to both the server operating system and any software you may be running on your websites these include a Content Management System (CMS) or forums. Vigilance is vital as hackers are quick to exploit any weakness in the system. If you are like most, who are unable to keep track of which plugin to update, using a managed hosting solution would be a preferred choice. Allowing automatic updates saves you massive headaches in the long-run and helps you to save money as well.

Protect against Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks

Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks are the injection of malicious JavaScript into your pages, which then takes over the browsers of your users, site defacement, or steal valuable information. Enabling a Content Security Policy (CSP) helps to detect and mitigate these attacks.

Beware of error messages

Be more cautious with the amount of information you are giving away when replying error messages. Confirm the source of error messages first and do not disclose sensitive pieces of information such as API keys or database passwords).

Use HTTPS

HTTPS is a protocol used to provide security over the Internet. HTTPS guarantees that users are using the right server and that nobody else can intercept or change the content they see in transit. Sites that are involved with e-commerce or handles sensitive information such as a customer’s credit card number or account login information requires HTTPS protocol to prevent these sensitive pieces of information from falling into the wrong hands. Notably, Google has announced that SEO rankings of sites with HTTPS are enhanced, positioning these sites at a higher ranking on Google search.

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