Are you a website owner concerned about your website getting hacked…??????
Websites, nowadays are an important asset to any business organization. Some businesses providing services are totally dependent on websites. In lieu of this importance, the security of websites become utmost important.
To help with the important concern of prevent your website from hacking, follow these steps:
1. Ensure your website runs on https
A website running on https has a padlock icon in the URL bar.
This mechanism ensures that the communication in the session is encrypted end-to-end and thus safe from hackers and any man-in-the-middle attacks.
2. Shared hosting on webserver
Hosting providers typically host several websites on the same server, as a result any website out of all that share that platform, that may have a vulnerability might be leveraged by the attacker to take complete control of the server; thus affecting all the other websites hosted on that platform. One of these might be your website. To avoid such instances, always prefer dedicated hosting.
3. Scan website for vulnerability and apply appropriate patches/fixes
Scan your website using numerous open source tools available to check for any common vulnerabilities. In case any such flaw arises, consider appropriate remediation, mentioned there. Also consider a periodic audit of your website by certified experts; especially if any financial transactions are involved. These experts, typically do a penetration testing exercised in addition to vulnerability scanning. The techniques used are typically close to those adopted by the hackers to obtain results as close as possible.
4. Use licenced and up to date underlying technologies
Many a times, we ignore the underlying resources on which the website is developed/running. Always use licenced software for developing and maintain the website as the unlicensed/cracked versions may sometimes be infected in advance with intentional vulnerabilities. Also licenced products provide the option to licenced updates, which usually involve a combination of functionality and security upgrades.
5. Use of OTPs for any transaction
Since, its inception, OTP is considered a secure way of authenticating and is usually adopted as a second factor of authentication in typical implementations.
In order to have a secure and unbreakable OTP, consider one which has more digits (6 or more) and is random enough, i.e. does not get repeated until a justified period of time.