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A Beginner’s Guide to Web Hacking Prevention

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Could your website be a hacking target? Unfortunately, if you have a website at all, the answer is yes. Even if you run a small business or think that your site couldn’t possibly have anything that hackers would want, you must protect your site from hacking. 

These days, a lot of hackers attack small businesses, not because they’re after the small businesses themselves but because they’re using those small business sites as a means to an end. For instance, a hacker may use your site’s information to send phishing attacks to thousands of people. 

In any case, protection matters, so here is a beginner’s guide to upping your website security. 

Start with the Right Hosting Service 

Your hosting service can go a long way when it comes to hacking protection for your site. The right hosting provider will provide excellent security as well as total support in case of security breaches. Furthermore, a good service provider will have excellent physical security for their own infrastructure. 

Do your research before you choose a hosting service. Spend some time reviewing security measures, and if you want to know more about a service’s security options, reach out to the company and ask. 

Don’t Ignore Obvious Hacking Protection Solutions 

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Next, don’t ignore the obvious. Many people insist that they already understand these protections. Yet hackers get into accounts every day thanks to simple passwords and other obvious security mistakes. 

Speaking of passwords, here’s rule #1 for hacking prevention: Use a complex password, and change that password often. It’s the simplest thing you can do to protect your company website, but it’s often overlooked. 

The next seemingly obvious solution is making sure that you keep your system updated. This one is easy to forget because it’s not always convenient. You see that a new update is available, but you have other things to do. “I’ll get to it after I finish this project,” you think. 

Unfortunately, that line of thinking gives hackers the window of opportunity that they need. Don’t give them that window. 

Prevent Hacking with an SSL Certificate 

Next, keep your site safe by ordering an SSL certificate. This certificate is what puts the all-important “http” in front of your website’s address. With an SSL certificate, you verify that you own the site, and you give it added security. 

Not only will you make your website more secure, you’ll also help your clients trust your site as they use it. Today’s internet users know to look for the “http” before they use any site extensively, and many users will click away from non-secure sites to protect their own data. If too many users click away from your site within a few seconds of arrival, the search engines will take notice, and your SEO may take a hit. 

No matter how you look at it, the SSL certificate is just good for business. 

Enforce Your Access Control Methods 

We already mentioned your username and password, but hackers don’t only compromise websites through the website owners. They also gain access through end users. You can prevent this kind of hacking by enforcing strict password requirements. 

For instance, you might require that all passwords contain at least one number, capital letter, lowercase letter, and special character. You might also have a minimum password length. These regulations protect both your clients and your business. When you have a choice between convenience and safety, always pick safety. 

Avoid Letting End Users Upload Files 

If possible, avoid letting your end users upload their own files to your site. Files can come in the form of photos, documents, and more. Even if your end users have no intention of harming your site, you never know when the end users themselves have been hacked. They may unknowingly upload malware to your site through those files. 

Use Website Security Plugins 

Website security plugins give you a simple way to prevent web hacking. Again, this is where having the right web hosting service comes in. With an excellent hosting service, you can gain access to multiple plugin options, including security plugins. These plugins will provide simple security measures without a lot of coding on your end, so you can save time and protect your website. 

Use Google Analytics for Your Site 

Google Analytics can provide a lot of benefits for you as a business owner. This service lets you analyze your web traffic, gain insights on how your clients use your site, and help you make more informed decisions about your website. As a business owner, you may have already looked into using Google Analytics for these reasons. 

Did you know that Google Analytics can also help you spot potential hacking attempts? Because Google Analytics lets you see where your traffic comes from, you can see if you get any traffic from unusual locations. Plus, Google Analytics has a section where you can examine potential security threats. 

Often, the first step to managing your security is staying in the know. Google Analytics gives you one of the simplest ways to do that. 

How Solar VPS Prevents Web Hacking 

If you’re still looking for the right secure web hosting service, then consider Solar VPS. We take clients’ security seriously, and our team is dedicated to helping business owners like you protect their sites from hacking. 

First, we keep our physical infrastructure as secure as possible. We use premium level security methods to protect our hardware so that your software stays safe. 

Next, we allow access to hundreds of popular cloud apps, including security applications, so that you have all the tools you need at your disposal. 

We’re also here whenever you need us for support, answers, and addressing your security concerns. At the end of the day, our clients and their security is the most important thing. When you need help, we’re ready to get started. 

Have questions now? Ready to get a closer look at your hosting options? Take a look at your hosting platform choices, or feel free to contact us with your questions.