Security, in the midst of hacking and malware, could be an intimidating topic to talk about. However, sometimes, the best methods to tackle this complicated task can be the simple ones. Here are some of the essential tools and measures that you can take on your site.
1. Regular Software Updates
All software, platforms, scripts, firewall, and other security and even non-security tools you use in your websites must always be updated. Hackers target website vulnerabilities due to unpatched holes from lack of updates. Even the greatest security application is not 100% foolproof and is only as good as its most recent update.
2. Strongest Password Policy
One of the most important, but frequently dismissed security measures is using the strongest password policy. Hackers often use sophisticated tools to crack passwords. To counter these advanced password-cracking tools, you have to implement strongest passwords: complex; varied by upper and lowercase, numerals, and special characters; and at least 10 characters long. This practice should be maintained throughout the organization.
3. Website Scanning Tools
With the proliferation of malware, Trojans, viruses, and other website vulnerability threats, website scanning tools have also increased in number and capabilities. One example of these tools is ScanMyServer, which provides comprehensive reports of many security tests and extensive vulnerability summary. Web Inspector scans websites and provides reports focusing in Blacklist, Phishing, Malware, Trojans, Worms, and other suspicious connections. There are a wide plethora of web scanning tools that you can use to assess your site’s security and make the necessary adjustments based on the data you receive.
4. Backup for Contingency
In web security, contingency is the best policy. You always have to maintain backups of all website files for easier contingencies if ever your site becomes inaccessible, unavailable, or lost. Most host providers often provide backups using their own servers, but you should also backup the most important files and data that you need. Some content management programs have also advanced and now have plugins that automatically backup files and contents. When you have backups, recovery and continuity of your site become more feasible in case all else fails to protect your website.
In summary, simple security measures for your website requires, keeping vulnerabilities at a minimum through updates and patches, protecting your site from external threats through strong passwords, scanning if threats are present, and backing up files for easier recovery and continuity. With these basic steps strongly maintained in your website and business organization, you shall have a strong frontline protection for your site.