Website defacement monitoring [Part 2]

In today’s online-driven world, every website is prone to hacking and defacement. Even big and highly secured websites are sometimes targeted and defaced easily. Nowadays there is not a single website that can be said to be hundred percent flawless if it has information that can be exploited. Sometimes this problem can have worse effects if you run your business with a defaced website. It can affect your reputation, sales, and business simultaneously.

Small entrepreneurs and businessmen usually neglect the threat of website defacement. This is where they provide more attention giving an invitation to the system crackers and hackers. In recent times, various surveys have listed the alarming threat of website hacking and defacements to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

As a website owner, whether small or giant, it is crucially important to understand the risks and damages website defacement or hacking can cause. Giving less attention to the security of your website offers plenty of invitations and opportunities to hackers.

  • Several system crackers can penetrate into your system security resulting to the exploitation and stealing of your important data and customer information.
  • Can send spam through your server by easily accessing your email server
  • Hackers can deface your website content

These several threats and outcomes incorporate the need to enhance your security to reduce their impacts. There are numerous ways and tips that can help you to easily minimize the impacts and risks of these online threats.

 

Being up to date

Keep your website and scripts updated if you use a Content Management System like WordPress etc. Always install the updates as soon as possible. Remember, increasing popularity always increases vulnerability.

Always have eyes on user uploads

Although user uploads can add interactivity to your website but these user uploads are often used to upload malicious content to your server. Make sure you have a security check before a user uploads content or a picture on your website server.

Strong passwords:

Passwords are basic and crucial security options. People now understand the potentials and importance of strong passwords over traditional simple passwords. Avoid using easy to guess and simple passwords. The addition of numbers, characters, symbols, etc makes a password hard to guess and crack. Keeping a strong password can help you protect yourself from hackers. Several password management programs can assist you in creating a strong and hard to expose password for your security.

Website defacement monitoring

If you monitor and check your website regularly, then you automatically reduce the risk of hacking to a large extent. Obviously, there is automated software that does this monitoring. Even a few minutes of monitoring gives you an idea of the status of your website. Along with this, having very few administrators also lessens the threat of website defacement. Make sure you have only trusted people as administrators for your website.

Virus Protection

For the complete security of your website, having good virus protection is essential. Safe anti-virus protection to your PC can help you secure your websites from different hackers and online threats.

Provide limited login attempts

Ensure your website security by installing several login safeguard measures. These safeguard measures can help you put a stop to millions of login combinations used by hackers to intrude into your website. After a certain number of failed attempts, these login safeguard measures keep banning the dedicated IP address.

Always use a reliable host

To get the website back into function quickly, web hosts play a very crucial and major role. Always use the best reliable web host for your website.

Use SSL security certificates

If you pass information and data between server and website, then SSL security certificates are ideal to provide security for your websites. When the channel or medium is not secure, hackers easily capture data and information to gain various accesses to personal data and user accounts.

 

Have regular backups

Although you follow each and every possible tip and ways to secure your website but having a regular backup is the most important tool. Regular backups are very useful at the time of online threats as these backups help you restore your website easily. You can have a regular backup of your important data and information by yourself or with help of your web hosting service provider.

Now, as the phrase says “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so it’s better to follow the simple steps and measures to save extra time and cost wasting on website downtimes. It is always better to take the help of a professional team that is capable of handling and rectifying website defacements. No matter how good you are in understanding the depth, but you will not have the expertise that the professionals in this area have. So in order to be prepared for website defacement, it is better to leave the job in the hands of experts.

Website defacement, it is better to leave the job in the hands of experts.

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