If there is one issue that plagues all businesses, be it small family start-ups or large conglomerates, it is cybersecurity. It does not matter what industry you operate in or how significant your online presence is; you need to put some steps in place to protect your business. No company is immune to the threat of a breach, and if you are an easy target, you are merely inviting hackers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at different ways you can improve the security of your website.
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Use strong passwords and update them regularly
You should never use default passwords. Change them immediately, and continue to change your passwords every few months. You should insist on good password practices for your website users, for example, enforce them to choose a password that has at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, a number, and a special character. Of course, you also need to choose strong passwords for your website and server admin area. In fact, this applies to all elements of your online presence, from your social media accounts to your YouTube account. Moreover, you should always store passwords as encrypted values.
Form validation / server side validation
It is important to make sure that validation conducted on both the server and browser side. Basic failures can catch by the browser. However, a deep validation provided on the server side. If you do not validate on the server and the browser, you could end up having scripting code or malicious code inserted into your database.
Next, be careful regarding how much detail you provide in your error messages. To make sure that your users do not leak secrets that are on your server, i.e. database passwords or API keys, you should only supply your users with minimal errors. Also, don’t give full exceptional details, as this can lead to complicated attacks.
Keep software up to date
The importance of keeping your software up to date cannot be ignored. Keep software up to date applies to your server operating system, as well as any software that could be running on your site, for example, a forum or a CMS. Hackers are quick to abuse any security holes found in software, and there are always going to be holes there to exploit if you have not updated the system.
Have a plan in place should a breach occur
Needless to say, prevention should always be the first step. However, you do need to have a plan in place should your system get breached. This will reduce downtime and minimise the damage. Look for a firm that provides site-wide disaster recovery as a business service, so you know exactly what to do if hackers find their way in.
All in all, there is no denying that cyber security is one of the biggest concerns for businesses all around the world today. To protect your website from a breach, follow the tips above.
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