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Website Hacking Prevention

This is just a quick and basic non-technical guide for the avoidance of your website being hacked.

Hosting

There are a number of different ways in which a website can be hosted. Sometimes it’s hosted on a shared machine with a hosting company. Sometimes it’s hosted on a dedicated server and looked after by hosting company. At the end of the day, however a website is hosted, it’s important that this is set up correctly, and securely.

Server Side Software

Web servers use software. This software needs to be secure in itself. Often this software need additional work in order to make it secure. The two most popular website serving software packages are Apache and IIS, However there are many others. Both of these systems need considerable additional work in order to make them as secure as possible.

Website software

Using a website content Management system means keeping it up to date. Most need additional work to secure them. Many websites also have additional scripts such as functionality that provides an email to form such as a contact us form. These types of scripts are often insecure and need looking at.

Cleaning site

Cleaning the website once it has been hacked is a complicated business. Several software packages can help in this process. However, it’s important to review the whole site. This process needs to be carried out by an experienced software engineer.

User access and protocols

It’s not enough to secure the website and to secure the server and its software. We also need to secure the users. It’s important to put in place protocols and to secure passwords and indeed to secure the users machines that are accessing the server.

Third party support

Google can Inform you of malware especially if you know where to look. There are number of third-party applications and third-party websites that provide support in this area too.

Conclusion

Securing a website includes dozens of factors. A non-exhaustive list includes: Choice of host, choice of operating system, choice of web serving package such as Apache or IIS, choice of content management system for the website, choice of additional scripts, choice of an engineer to review the site and maintain it. Perhaps more important than all of these is securing the users passwords and access to the system.

Keeping a website secure is almost as difficult as making it secure in the first place. It is important to keep all software update. And, it’s important to maintain the security of users, users passwords, and uses machine.

There is no such thing as a completely hack proof website – only a more secure website. However, most hackers will give up at the first sign of higher security. And, they will move on to other options that can be hacked more easily.

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