04 Feb What is Website Security and Why It Is Important for Your Website?
4 FEB 2019
Web Security is also known as ‘Cyber Security’ is about protecting Websites by detecting, identifying and preventing attacks. By implementing a series of protective measures and protocols the website can be protected from being attacked or hacked or its security being compromised. A Website attack not only destroys your website but also results in loss of reputation, decrease in the number of visitors.
Web Security needs to be adopted right from the beginning of website development and has to be proactively monitored, maintained to keep up the new threats coming with advanced technology. A Website attack will typically result in crashing or slowing down of the website, loss of traffic and loss of sensitive client information.
Some of the most common types of risk of that arise due to lack of proper Web Security are
- Malware: Some software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.
- Backlisting: Your site can be removed from search engine page results and highlighted with a warning that makes visitors away if search engines find malware
- Vulnerability exploits: Cyber hackers can get a chance to access your site and your business information stored on it by exploiting weak areas in a site, with an obsolete plugin.
- Defacement: It is an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of the site or a webpage.
With a proactive approach, the website is protected from malicious software which is injected into the site to gather data, redirect traffic or even hijack computer resources.
By implementing the following best practices, web security is proactively managed, securing your website and visitors, in turn resulting in increased revenue and growth.
- SSL certificates: SSL certificates protect the data collected by your website, like emails and credit card numbers, as it is transferred from your site to a server.
- Web application firewall (WAF): It stops automated attacks that commonly target small or lesser-known websites.
- Website scanner: A website scanner looks for vulnerabilities, malware, and other security problems so that you can mitigate them correctly.
- Software updates: Websites hosted on a content management system (CMS) are at a higher risk of compromise due to weaknesses and security issues often found in third-party plugins and applications. These can be secured by installing updates to plugins and core software in a timely manner.
- Secure your site with HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is an internet communication protocol that safeguards the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the website. Data sent using HTTPS is protected via Transport Layer Security protocol, which affords three key layers of protection:
- Encryption: encrypting the exchanged data to keep it protected from eavesdroppers.
- Data integrity: data can’t be changed or corrupted during transfer, purposely or otherwise, without being detected.
- Authentication: It protects against attacks and creates user trust, which translates into other business benefits.
- Single Sign-On (SSO) is an advanced authentication technique which streamlines the login process, permitting you access to multiple applications by logging in just once.
- Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) allows you to add a layered authentication process by merging login credentials with independent identity elements.
- Diligence, Policies, and Firewalls for Cross-site script (XSS) attack: Diligence, Policies, and Firewalls are the most commonly used solutions for protecting against XSS and other web app attacks. Cross-site scripting is used by attackers to insert malicious code into vulnerable web apps.
- Implement secure backup and recovery: Businesses large or small understand the impact with data loss due to a catastrophic occurrence. Having a strategy in place to get back up and running should something happen is vital to survival.
In conclusion, these are the simplest and yet effective ways that you can keep your website secure from the risks. But also, you must always be alert in protecting your website, and never stop seeking security protections for your website.
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