Helpful Company Site Hacking Prevention Tips
Your company needs a website; that much is obvious. However, when you go live with your company’s website, you expose yourself to not only the customers you are trying to attract, but hackers as well. Hackers can do major damage to your site just to be malicious, or steal your data in order to profit from it. There are ways you can protect yourself, and these tips will help you do all you can to prevent getting hacked.
Staying in the Know
You have to be aware of the latest updates of what hackers are doing and how they are breaking through security. This way, you can do your very best to stay ahead and keep potential risks to a minimum.
The admin user permission is the ultimate level of access in a system. Limit the number of admin users to only those who need them, and demand that user names and passwords are nearly impossible to guess. Additionally, change things like database prefixes to something that would not be obvious to a hacker that it is your database. Place login attempt limits along with resetting passwords, and if you have to get login details to someone, do not do it by email.
Frequent Software Updates
Your software will need to be updated frequently, and immediately in the case of security updates.
Beef Your Network Security
There are three main things you can do here. For one, passwords are changed frequently and are complex for strength.For another, login sessions expire rapidly (within 5 minutes after inactivity or less). Finally, constantly scan all devices that are connected to the network.
Get a WAF
A WAF (Web Application Firewall) is like a bouncer at a nightclub. It stands between your server and data connection, and scans every bit of incoming traffic. It will discern hackers or other undesirable incoming traffic and block it before it gets to you.
More Security Apps
With or without a WAF, having additional security applications is always beneficial. This can complement your other security measures, which will make it difficult for hackers to attack your site.
Admin Page Blocks
You do not want admin pages on search engines, so using the robots_txt file for admin pages will keep those pages out of the search engine indexes.
Cut Uploads to a Minimum
File uploads may be necessary, but they also pose security risks. There should never be direct access allowed to uploaded files. Storage should never be in the root directory and a script should be required for access.
Customers will have to provide some personal information at some point, and SSL will protect that as it goes from your site to your database.
Form auto-fill is a convenience for many, but it is dangerous to security.
Perform frequent and multiple backups every day, both on and off-site. Automatic backups to multiple locations will allow for restoration if you do get hacked or have hard drive failures.