Website Security

Website Security
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With website security, your website will be scanned periodically for malware, blacklists, uptime, etc. Most services offering security for websites will send you a notification when there are any suspicious activities on your website. Malware is not easy to remove from your website however, it is ‘doable’ either using the technology at hand or manually going through your website code.

The Website Security monitors your website and at the same time prevents any kind of attacks to your website and your website.

When you have a site online, you want to maintain and or get a higher rank – I know I do, and so with Website Security, you will be protected from all kinds of a blacklist. Should you be placed in one of the blacklists – you will surely be notified and hopefully advised on how to fix such a problem.

Every day a massive number of websites are hacked and getting hacked sucks and a solution is needed ASAP.

Get all the necessary help to remove the hacker, and you can request a cleanup from the website security dashboard offered by your service provider. Any website can be removed from being blacklisted even it was blacklisted by Google.

What is Website Security?

Website Security protects your website against any kind of threats. Bloggers and most other website owners are being attacked on a daily basis, and currently, most websites are being affected by Malware. Website Security removes and prevents Malware if detected through a periodic scan.

The Web Security protects your users and/or your customers as well – This will prevent your website from being blacklisted. In worst cases, a hacker can inject malicious data as part of a command or query – thus tricking your website to do exactly what the hacker wants – and your entire database can be compromised.

Getting a Free Nulled WordPress Theme/Script

Themes may be expensive but they are worth the investment. You don’t want to find yourself hacked because of a nulled version of a theme or script. Yes, nulled scripts/WordPress themes are being manipulated and the codes have been changed and as such, malware will be populated into your website and makes it almost impossible to remove.

Don’t download nulled scripts as you are to regret and waste your precious time working on removing malware.

In most instances, you won’t realize your website has been affected for a while – and just when you think you have good traffic, you’ll start to see all kinds of pop-ups from your website and that can be frustrating especially when you know you don’t have any pop up ads added to your site – a Malware can also be seen as a malicious software used to steal sensitive website data and gain unauthorized access to your domain.

What kind of website can be protected?

All kinds of websites can be protected. Whether you run a CMS hosted site such as WordPress, Drupal and or Joomla to mention a few, even when you designed the site from scratch using HTML – or ASP, even when it’s PHP – it doesn’t matter your website can and should be protected.

If you don’t have any security for your website – it is then best to be on the lookout for hackers, they will come after your website.

Is Website Security necessary even when I have SSL?

The simplest answer is yes, you do need website security. I have experienced malware in the past when I started blogging and I had SSL Certificate Installed. SSL is very important to have to secure the transmitted data to and from your website and server.

SSL will not be able to protect you with SQL injection – where a hacker is able to inject some information and coding into your database and messes your day completely. It won’t be able to protect you from Malware – a simple coding that can be used to show unauthorized ads to your visitors or redirect users to other sites (You don’t want that).

SSL will not be able to help you with DDoS attacks however, it is best to have a complete set of website security with SSL included. Search Engines will surely love that.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

A firewall in your website is very important; don’t make a mistake of not including a firewall especially as your website grows.  WAF is a web application firewall which is cloud-based and it screens and protects your website in real-time.

You will be worry-free about SQL injections, comment spammers and also protects you from DDoS attacks.

CDN (Content Delivery Network)

With CDN (Content Delivery Network) you are certain that your website will load faster anywhere you are. If I am hosting a website in the United States, anyone browsing my website in South Africa will get the same load speed as someone hosted in SA.

It deploys dynamic and static caching so ensure a reliable and fast loading speed. Get CDN (Content Delivery Network) as well, you need it and it will increase your traffic.

SiteLock

A SiteLock offers a complete security suite to help you run your website smoothly worry-free. It was founded in 2008 and with such a vast experience and protection of over 12 million websites worldwide, SiteLock is the name you can trust when it comes to website security.

The cloud-based suite will protect your website automatically against any vulnerability, malware, DDoS, speed, risks and ensures your website is PCI compliant.

Your website will be scanned every day, and it is capable of removing malware automatically and patch found vulnerabilities.  Now, website vulnerability is the weakness or misconfiguration of a website or web app code that allows hackers to manipulate your website.

Scans will not be heavy on your server – SiteLock will download necessary files into their secure server and begin scanning.

SiteLock Features:

Malware Scan – Get your website scanned on a daily basis and not only that, your website will be monitored at all time and will be alerted if any malware has been detected.

Malware removal – This is an automated feature in a case that a malware was found in your website it will be removed automatically.

Vulnerability Scans – As explained, if your website is configured weakly you will be let know. If instance, your file permissions may be misconfigured or weak.

OWASP Protection – The Open Web Application Security Project will protect you against the top 10 website application security flaws.

SiteLock Trust Seal – Show off by using a Trust Seal by SiteLock ™ to show users that you are well protected by a very well-known brand.

WAF – Get online protection in real-time

CDN – Speed Up your website

Online Payment Website Security

If you want to accept payments from your website – you will need to protect your customers from any payment security breaches. You will have to follow a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

Ensure your website follows PCI DSS requirements by proving not only IDS (Intrusion Detection System) but also WAF.  You can get such services from Comodo cWatch which is an Approved Scan Vendor (AVS) and in South Africa, you can get such services from our local hosting companies.

In most cases, you get a real GIAC certified security analysts to help you 24/7 in identifying any threat and problems as well as how to fix the problem, such services you may get from SmartWeb Hosting Company.

Using WordPress?

There are a number of free and premium plugins you can use to protect your website completely. The plugin that’s always automatically installed when you use the WordPress platform is Akismet Anti-Spam used to protect your blog from spam even while you sleep (It checks for comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam – by so doing, no malicious content will be published)

There are a number of other security plugins such as Wordfence which can protect you as much as SiteLock can protect you. It is the most popular plugin on WordPress with millions of installations.

It comes with a free version as well as a premium version. Login attempts are also protected, making your website harder to crack.

You may add other services like WP Content Copy Protection by disabling copying and pasting and or right clicks etc.

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Protection

The last thing you need is having your website down – The Distributed Denial of Service or otherwise known as DDoS is a kind of attack used to bring your website down and/or by flooding it with automated traffic, which is fake traffic. DDoS is basically flooding your website with fake traffic which may, in turn, bring your website down.

You can prevent this with all kind of website security measures already mentioned in this article. Should your website go down in this case, you may lose potential clients and or potential returning readers. This types of attacks may be prevented by WAF (Web Application Firewall) and other advanced security measures provided by your Service Provider.

Brute Force Protection

Usually, when I forget my cellphone password, I try all my past passwords and some of the most recent ones until I get the right one. That’s a genuine loss of password and is not an attack of any kind – However when an application does the same in other to attempt to log into your system using all possible combinations, now that’s an attack – the hacker will have access to your entire system and do whatever they want and that can’t be good.

Thus ensure Brute Force Protection is enabled in your website, whether you use a CMS hosted site or a hand-coded HTML site.

XSS Prevention and Zero-day protection

Hackers have a number of ways to do whatever they want to your potential customers and users. XXS is cross-site scripting where a user-supplied data is sent to a web browser without validation and hackers use such flaws to hijack users or spoil the appearance of your website and that’s bad for business. Ensure XSS prevention is enabled.

When your website is misconfigured or weak before a patch is available a Zero Day attack is launched.

Author’s Notes

Running a website may be considered expensive, but when you have great traffic, you don’t have to worry about the expenses and only the protection of your customer or user-base.

There are a number of ways to protect your website, you may consider GoDaddy’s website Security or Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) by 1-Grid, SmartWeb Security and more. Either way, your website needs to be protected at all times – Don’t wait for an attack, prevent it while you can.

Some security features may be expensive when you start to begin using the website, especially when you work with a very tight budget – just make sure you reinvest in your business website and or a blog as it grows.

In any business growth is important – and thus when you grow as a business, your website will have all kinds of traffic from around the world, you will gain recognition, and many hackers will attempt to ruin your business.

Why then wait for them to ruin your business website or a blog when you can already prevent such attacks. Yes, you can still use free plugins even when they limit some of the features but it’s better than an open warzone of hackers in your site.

I also strongly recommend getting an SSL, and as discussed, SSL will not protect you from Malware and other security attacks but will protect you for any sensitive information sent to and from your website, which is great, but having a complete security suite for your website is the best decision you would ever make.

So many times, I have been attacked; I then decided to learn about Website Security, that’s how I became conscious or rather aware of the work that actually goes into having a completely secured and functional website.

You can contact me if you need any help protecting your website, I may suggest a few companies – and plugins if you run a WordPress blog.

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