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Internet attacks are the daily bread! How to avoid being a victim of online pirates and scammers? With this easy guide I help you to shield your website and keep you safe from any malware, viruses or attacks.
It does not matter what type of company you are and what commercial sector you are in: if you have a website you are probably the perfect target for a cyber attack.
I do not want to start this post being an alarmist, but I do want you to be aware that any company and website may suffer an attempt to impersonate and steal data.
Or be easy prey for viruses, malware, ransomware or any type of malicious program that has recently appeared.
Whatever rubbish they try to send you or put on your website, you must know perfectly how to protect the web because, if your website has all the security measures installed and applied, it will withstand any attack they make.
However, the sad reality is that many website owners and webmasters do not know how to guarantee security or how to protect the web and, worse still, they do not give importance believing that “nothing could happen to them, they are not an Apple or an Amazon.”
But instead they do invest a lot of money in an SEO and web positioning agency or through an advertising management company in Google Ads.
I’m not saying that investing in SEO or PPC are actions of little importance to a company, not at all!
But it is of little use to generate a lot of traffic to a web page, if it has been attacked and it is not working correctly or it is stealing the data of the company, its customers, or the money of both!
There is too much in jeopardy not to give it top priority in improving security and knowing how to protect the website.
Before entering the matter, let me tell you that in the event that, either because you have little time available or you do not have the necessary technical knowledge.
You prefer to leave this delicate work in the hands of professionals, the maintenance and web update services that we offer in Xplora include, among many other advantages for your company, shielding your website against any attack on your online business or your customers.
Start Protecting Your Website By Always Updating The Software And The CMS Platform
The first step to maintaining a secure website, the most basic and important, is to ignore software updates and the CMS platform.
On many occasions, people get angry when a new software update appears. Again! How heavy! They release an update every few days! Surely it is for a chorradita!
Staying up to date with software and CMS platform updates for your website means having a basic and crucial first shield to protect your website from viruses and attacks on your website security.
To avoid the entrance of viruses or malicious software, as well as attacks that violate the security of your website, it is important to be up to date with the updates of your platform, yes or yes, without excuses or delays!
Many of the web hosting companies are already directly responsible for updating certain open source CMS platforms.
But since we cannot trust that they are agreed or that this automatic system works correctly, you should be careful to check when a new update appears and apply it yourself on your website.
I want you to know that there is a very fine line between the security of your website and the attacks of hackers.
Hackers are very clever at detecting any hole in the security of your CMS software and platform, and quickly enter there. Being completely updated, you avoid leaving a door open for them to enter the bowels of your website.
Install Or Buy The Best Security Plugins
Security plugins or plugins reinforce the security of your website and make it more difficult to violate.
If your website works with a WordPress template, you will find specific WordPress plugins. If not, maybe a tool like SiteLock can do a lot for you.
Every time a new security plugin comes out, you should be willing to install it, especially if it was specifically designed for the style of business you have, as that means that there are viruses and any kind of malware out there, attacking websites like yours.
Plugins usually have additional security options and it never hurts to have them.
Choose A Secure Web Hosting Service
Choosing a good web hosting service is a much more critical decision than it seems at first glance.
My advice is not to take this decision lightly; choosing one or the other simply because of price, recommendation from a friend, advertising or another factor of little value in terms of the security of your website.
The web hosting service you choose must be secure and offer you daily backups, automatically update your CMS, fixed and secure IP, own server resources, as well as monitoring and control systems for your website.
How to protect the website by choosing the right hosting? This will largely depend on the type of site you want to set up.
Normally, those based on sales and transactions, must have very high security standards (own SSL certificates, private IP and from the same country, CDN system etc).
This is because customers do not feel distrustful in providing personal or bank details, and in completing an electronic transaction on said website.
This, for me, is one of the most important aspects to decide for a hosting service or another.
And more so now, when the ‘masters of online scams’ abound, who seem more skilled and planned than Dani Ocean and its eleven thieves (in the film ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt).
Leaving the cinema aside, do not think that these swindlers and identity fraudsters “probe” or take false steps.
No, dear reader, they detect and know perfectly which websites are vulnerable due to their outdated security system, insecure web server, or other details that we will see later, and they enter ‘like a thief in the night’: nobody hears them and detects them.
Install An SSL Certificate And Protect Your Website In HTTPS
If your website still does not work under the HTTPS protocol, that means that Google and Chrome label you as an ‘unsafe site’. You should fix this as soon as possible!
This should be the second urgent thing to do today (remember that the first thing is to update your CMS).
Migrating your standard HTTP web page to an HTTPS protocol lets your customers know that you care about their security and prevents cyber thieves from finding cracks that where to go to steal data or do scams.
How to protect the web page working from HTTPS? Switching to HTTPS is not as expensive as it used to be. In fact, many web hosting providers already offer a free SSL certificate (Let’s Encrypt), with which you can have your website working under free HTTPS!
And, once you have installed the SSL certificate and your website is already working under HTTPS, seriously consider creating one more protection barrier, installing HSTS to improve security.
Create Daily Backups Of All Your Data
Daily, automatic backups of all your data (web and databases) alleviate many of the worries and headaches.
Many web hosting providers provide this option for free, so don’t hesitate to ask them.
Having a backup is vital in case someone manages to enter your website and steal data, or cause damage to your files. Starting a website from scratch is expensive and difficult, but re-assembling one for which the data is protected is much easier.
Protect Your Web From SQL Injection! Configure Your Queries So That They Are Parameterized
Until now, this is one of the most technical steps that you will have to execute knowing how to protect your website from attacks based on SQL injections, something that is doing a lot of damage to many websites every day!