If you have an online business or own a website concerned with community or professional matters then you will be aware of the need to keep it secure from hackers. Even if you think your site doesn’t contain anything worth being hacked for, it is still likely that at some point the hackers will turn their attention to you. The majority of cases where website security is breached are not an attempt to steal your data or deface your website, but rather to use your server to forward spam. Quite often this is used to serve files of an illegal nature.
It is therefore paramount that you keep one step ahead of the hackers in order to ensure the safe and smooth running of your site. With new anti-virus software continually being developed it is essential that you keep up-dating or risk falling victim to cyber criminals. Here are some of the software solutions like SSL and tips to help prevent a cyber attack in 2014.
Use a recognised SSL certificate
An SSL certificate keeps sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is particularly important for anyone running an e-commerce business as it prevents third parties accessing sensitive information such as credit card numbers. A proper SSL certificate also provides authentication, ensuring that you are sending information to the intended server and not that of an identity thief.
Use up-to-date software
This might sound obvious but it can sometimes be easily overlooked, especially if you perceive that your current software is doing its job effectively. There are always newly discovered threats out there and software that is two years old may not be sufficient to deal with it. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software are probably the most important pieces of software any Windows system can have and will protect you from most viruses, worms, Trojan horses and most other unwanted invaders.
Choose your host carefully
Not all hosts offer the same service when it comes to website security so it is advisable to do your research and choose it wisely. If you have concerns about your current host it is possible to switch, although it may require a little work it will be worth it in the long run.
Most hackers that come across a site that is heavily secured will simply leave it and move onto the next. You should regularly scan your logfiles for code that doesn’t belong and run regular anti–virus scans, that way you will be more aware of what’s going on in your site, making it too much hassle for the hackers.