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Securing And Preventing Website From Being Hacked
Posted Date: 2009-11-19
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It's never wise to leave your website open to attacks as you may have spent lots of time and resources setting up the site. Security is very important, regardless of the type of site you are running. If a hacker manages to hack into your website, you risk losing all your content. Here are some security measures you can adopt to prevent the unthinkable from happening.

Measure 1: Use secure scripts.

Open source software tends to be vulnerable since the source code can be easily obtained by anyone. A hacker who is very familiar with the source of a script can easily hack into your website. If you are using open source software, make sure you get the latest fixes and updates. If upgrades are not released in a timely manner, you can hire your own developer to create fixes for the script.

Usually, commercial scripts tend to be tighter in security, and upgrades are more frequent.

Measure 2: Use a reliable web host.

Your scripts may be secure, but your server may not. A web hosting company that is not familiar with security issues may leave their servers vulnerable to hacker attacks. A good hosting company should have a good team of IT engineers who are able to deal with security concerns promptly. For example, patches must be applied regularly and special security software must be installed. Some hosting companies have software that scan for suspicious activity. The software allows engineer to act promptly and investigate, instead of waiting for the attack to happen. Others have software that scan for spamming activities.

Measure 3: Scan your sites for vulnerabilities!

There are professional software companies that provide this service. Using proprietary software, they can scan your site for known vulnerabilities. They will then include a report to suggest certain fixes. Be sure to work with your developer to iron out all the issues! Don't leave things to chances.

Measure 4: Use of SSL.

SSL is the industry standard for encrypted connection. When you send data over the public network (the Internet), data can be sniffed and hijacked by hackers. By having an encrypted connection, data is protected. You know that you are using an SSL connection when you see an "s" in front of the "http". So the URL starts with "https" instead of the usual "http". If you are processing any kind of sensitive information such as credit card information or customer details, always use a secure connection.

Measure 5: Never reveal your source code!

The more others know about how your site is setup, the more vulnerable your site will be. Therefore, never reveal your source code unless it's a trusted developer! If you really need a developer to work on some development work, try to get the developer to work in modules. Don't send everything over to the developer.

Measure 6: Encourage more complex passwords.

Develop your site to encourage the use of passwords that are hard to guess. For instance, setup your site to reject easy to remember passwords such as "123456". This will help prevent hackers from guessing account login details.

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