These days cyber-attacks or hackings are done very frequently for many businesses and individuals however, it is so unpredictable. And we should be aware that hackings are not done only to steal data. The websites are used to use the servers to send spam or to use services for temporary purposes. The sensitive information that is stored in your server will be hacked by connecting to your servers and network itself. Even ransom wares are used to hack and those use your servers, and then ask for a certain amount to reuse or get back access to your business website.
There are so many ways to hack websites such as XSS attacks, SQL injection, malware infestations, and automated scripts, and so on. Hence there are some of the tips to keep your websites safer from cyber-attacks/ hackings.
1. Keep updated:
The foremost thing which you need to ensure is to keep your website and server operating system updated. Most of the website owners or user keeps on neglecting to update their websites and systems. The hackers always keep on watching to find the loopholes to be present on the website or network and plans to adopt new techniques to attack your websites.
If the usage of off-the-shelf software is been done then you should make sure to update the software as soon as the update been released. Also can ask your developers to develop patches to fix loopholes and timely updating is required to keep your website protected.
SQL Injection is the most commonly used method to hack a website. The hacker uses some URL parameters or web forms to steal your sensitive and personal information and then manipulates it. SQL Injection can be kept away by using parameterized queries, and by the easy implementation of web languages.
3. Make use of Firewall:
Web Application Firewalls (WAF) is the most secure tool for the website. Firewalls are the primary plug-ins or extensions that are available easily and at a cheaper price on the internet to complete our tasks effectively. It reads the transfused information on the website and firewall helps to keep away from attacks before they reach your website.
4. Audit of passwords and users:
The strong passwords must be used and should remove all the default users such as administrators, admin, and WPA users and so on to protect from hackers. And should remove the similar usernames or URL sites which help to hack the website.
5. Validate on both fronts:
If you keep validation information from both server and browser, then you can keep yourself safe from attacks. This provides an extra level of protection to the websites. The malicious codes, scripts, applications, injected malware, etc may be injected to hack your website and you should be aware of it. The process of double validation helps to block the injected malicious scripts.
6. Beware of XSS attacks:
These are all the ways to get protected from hackers by installing firewalls and other applications. Also, there are ethical hackers who save your website and network from other hackers which harms your website. By the way, it is better to be a hacker yourself or to hire one to keep yourself safe as the ethical hackers do, who has an ethical attacking certification.