A small baby is safe in the cradle, but what if it wishes to come out and play? Will you stop the kid from exploring the world just because it’s not safe?
The answer is a NO, in bold letters.
Instead, you build safe walls around the kids and teach them to battle the challenges on their own. In a parallel world, a similar theory can be applied to a business website. For every owner, the online business is their and cybercrime are the challenges it needs to tackle.
The CEOs do not limit the business expansion and stay within the safe boundaries. However, the website cannot be left open to attract the crimes of the Internet. Then what is the solution? Because if you have a website, cyber threats are going to exist.
Even the commendable platforms like the WordPress development company are pressing against the need for cybersecurity.
For all the webmasters who are cupping their chin, do not take cyber issues lightly. The hackers can take down your whole website leaving nothing from which revenue can be reaped.
Small business owners have a myth that they don’t have such valuable assets that hackers can steal. As a result, they do not feel the need to integrate security measures.
In reality, the size of the business has no significance, cybercrime can haunt each and every store that is brewing online.
Hence, we recommend, do not make the grave mistake of ignorance. Make your website healthier with some cybersecurity tips and save the business from the unknown danger.
1. Updating to a Better Version (every time): If there is anything posing the highest amount of risk to the business, it has to be an outdated software or website.
Why? Hackers may get prone to older versions and with consistent efforts, it is not difficult to crack into the system.
However, if your website is constantly on the scale of an upgrade, hackers might have to start the breach process from ABCs.
New plugins, CMS options, and security patches should be integrated into the website at the snap of the fingers.
For that, business owners need to keep themselves as well as the website update to date and have knowledge about the add-ons happening around the market.
The website owners can also get themselves notified with blinks of alerts. Thus, whenever trends happen to change, the webmasters can immediately act on it.
2. Adding a Hard-to-Break Password: We tend to keep our social media password complex and private, keeping it away from unauthorized access.
Why not do the same with the credentials of a business website? It might sound a simple trick, but people are prone to forget such petty things.
However, you can make the password strong by avoiding easy to remember passwords. The most common encryption one can add is #123456. But your website credentials can’t be this simple, can they?
You might have to make a note of complex and long-tail passwords. Nevertheless, doing this is a lot better than reviving the website after a cyber attack.
Word of the wise: Store the password, both on and off-site, in case a vulnerable event wipes off the website data.
3. Draw a Shield Against SQL Injection: Web form or URL parameters of the website are sometimes left open for outsiders to add information.
However, this act is not very secure for the database of the website. Keeping the fields too open is a calling for hackers to attack the website.
What’s the solution? How do you get through the vulnerable situation?
The words of tech-savvy advise web developers to add parameterized queries. Under this act, the business is ensured that code has all the required parameters to stand as a wall between hackers and the website.
4. Know all The Vulnerable Spots of Website: We say “Prevention is better than cure.” What’s the point if we are unaware of things that need prevention?
Hence, the idea is to know the in and out of the website to ensure all vulnerable spots that can be easy to breach.
While operating a website, there are elements that cross our eyes daily, then there are others which we hardly pay any heed. For example, vendors, partners, and third parties are a few things that go unnoticed.
Continue to detect blind spots and ensure all of them are visible. So, even a minute mishap can be detected and treated well-in-advance.
5. Duck from the XSS attacks: A bomb cannot slip inside from the bottom of the door, but a piece of paper can. An XSS attack is a piece of malicious paper that hackers tend to insert in the website codes.
Thus, any website page exposed to the code gets infected and is likely to harm the user experience.
Protect the codes from any injection by using the Content security policy tool. Under CSP, websites can specify domains that browsers should and should not allow.
As a result, the malware scripts or malicious contents are kept outside the bay of the website.
6. Identify and Install Trustworthy Extensions (only): Cyber vulnerabilities are prone to come from third-party applications. A webmaster cannot avoid looking over the authenticity of such tools.
Thus, whenever you need an extension or plugin, make sure it has come from only from trusted sources.
Also, note how long it has served other websites in the industry. Longer the existence, the more you can rely on the extensions.
7. Backups: Preparing for the Threat: No one willingly calls hackers to attack the website. But, let’s say the circumstances are not in your favor and you lose all the data. Wouldn’t that be devasting, to start the website from scratch?
Only if you could go back in time and avoid the malware attack, but unfortunately, the reality is a lot different from fantasy.
So, you must be wondering if there is lies any alternative?
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” following this adage, always have a backup of all website data off-server.
Secondly, ensure that the backup is automatic, so you don’t have to spend time optimizing the task.
Third, keep a backup of your backup, so if one file fails, you can have other options of recovery.
A Synergy between Cybersecurity and Websites
All the above-mentioned steps may sound like a challenge. However, it is not any more complex than bringing back the original version of the website after the attack.
Different companies with varied platforms have already become proactive for security measures. If you have a WordPress development company or anywhere, ensure that their webmasters are on the same side of the coin for cybersecurity.
Author Bio: Harshal Shah is CEO at Elsner Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Elsner is a leading WordPress development company in the USA. Get WP customization, WP design, WordPress development & migration service at best price.