Fatal Website Security Mistakes to Avoid

As cybercrimes are on the rise, website owners and developers must take important steps to keep their sites secure. Even a slight mistake on your part could cost the site in a major hack. Read ahead to find out what these mistakes are and how to fix them before it’s too late:

Using Whole Word Passwords

Hackers don’t need sophisticated technical knowledge to gain access to a site. Some hackers, like the infamous Guccifer, just keep guessing passwords until they get to the right one. You may think that it takes hundreds of attempts to guess a password. You are right; it could take that many attempts, and hackers like Guccifer have enough patience to keep at it. That’s why security experts strongly recommend using passwords that are impossible to guess. Avoid using whole words in important passwords that a person can guess. Rather, use an online tool to randomly generate a password of numbers and letters that no one will be able to guess.

Not Buying a Secure Sockets Layer Certificate

Skilled hackers can sometimes gain access to data while it is in transmission between the server and the browser. So, even if the browser and the server is secure, data can still be stolen on the way. The best way to secure data in transit is to encrypt it. A Secure Sockets Layer is a protocol that encrypts data before it’s transmitted to a server or a browser. Encrypted data is unreadable even if it is stolen. You can browse online for reputable SSL certificate providers to secure your site with this tool. Most reputable websites use secure sockets layer protocol to indicate to users that the site is secure as well.

Not Changing Passwords

Do not use the same password for months on your website. It’s recommended to change admin passwords at least every three months. Encourage a strong password policy at your business or workplace so everyone knows when to change their passwords.

Keeping Access to Admin Panels Unrestricted

Do not allow unrestricted access to admin accounts. Obviously, sometimes people forget passwords so it’s all right to allow multiple login attempts. However, keep these attempts to three or less and lock the account if someone tries to access with more attempts. Remember what this article mentioned earlier about hackers who try to gain access with password guessing? That’s one of the reasons to restrict admin account access. The other reason is someone might try to use old passwords to keep trying to guess a new one.

Not Using HTTPS for Sensitive Pages

HTTPS is another security protocol that you can use to transmit data securely between browser and server. When you use sensitive pages like the checkout page on Amazon, or your Gmail login page, you will notice a green “secure” sign on the left side of the address bar. The web address will start with “https://”. It indicates that the site is transmitting encrypted data and is therefore secure from hacking attempts.

Using Outdated Software

This is a major no. Don’t use add ons, plugins and other software that is not running the latest version. Older software may have security vulnerabilities hackers can easily exploit. That’s why developers issue updates: to patch these possible vulnerabilities. So keep all software of your website updated at all times.

If you have made any of the above listed mistakes, immediately take the suggested steps to remedy the situation.

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