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10 ways to secure your site

How to to Secure Your Site

Your website might be more than just a place to share information with others. It might be a source of income to you. Unfortunately, hackers want to obtain this information to profit, for bragging rights or for pure enjoyment. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this from occurring.

1. No Uploads

Don’t allow people to upload files to your site. Allowing uploads is basically allowing people to send your site viruses or other harmful files that can compromise your website.

2. Error Messages

When you create error messages for logins, don’t use messages like, “Username is Incorrect” or “Incorrect Password.” This allows prospective hackers to know which part of the login is wrong; therefore, they’ll know which one to try to figure out.

3. Use a Malware Scan

Certain websites have malware scans specifically designed for websites. These programs will allow you to scan your site to detect if any hackers have gained access to your website.

4. Update Your Site Frequently

Whether the upgrades have exciting features you want to use for your website or not, upgrade on a regular basis. These new scripts can protect your site. These upgrades are meant to fix bugs within the script of your site.

5. Hide Your Email

The administrator’s email you use as your login for your server or CMS should be kept a secret. The one you use on your contact page shouldn’t be the same as your login. This assists you with not receiving phishing emails that are supposedly from the domain registrar or your hosting company,

6. Protect the Database

Password protect your database, even if it’s not a requirement. By leaving the database password blank, you’re only harming yourself. It’s an extra layer of security. In other words, it’s an additional obstacle for hackers to overcome before they can take over a site.

7. Installation Folder

The installation folder is only needed once–when you first begin the site. Once you install, this folder is no longer needed. However, when you don’t delete it, it allows a hacker to use the installer to get rid of the database and take over the entire website. If you don’t delete it, you should at least change its name.

8. SSL

An SSL protocol is used to protect security. It’s a security certificate that’s useful when personal information is being passed between a web server and the website.

9. Robots.txt File

This particular file gives search engine spiders instructions regarding a site’s folders. Generally, a robots.txt file tells users which folders should be indexed and which ones shouldn’t be viewable through public web searches.

10. Website Security Test

Find a web security test online. It will evaluate how likely a hacker will be to hack your site.

These 10 rules will help keep your information and your site safe from those wishing to do it harm. They won’t be able to destroy your site or get information about you or your customers. Using certain files and tips can assist with making your site more secure. You can even find ways to test the security of a your site.

Katrina specializes in products for the leading custom design and manufacturing of racking products for your tech needs at Rack Solutions.

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