Website security sounds like an impossible task. There are so many variables to consider and so many ways in which an attacker can cause damage to your site. You may never be able to guarantee that your website is 100 percent secure, but with the following four tips, you can at least rest a little more easily.
- Scripts and web apps – More often than not, attackers will look for the most apparent vulnerabilities on your website. Often times, scripts and web applications are easy targets. If you use third-party scripts, you should make sure you keep them updated, and make every effort to secure them. You can usually find security tips specific to your web app on the project’s website or forum.
- Backups – Yes, backing up data is a security issue. When you take the time to backup your website, you add a layer of protection against those unavoidable security threats: thunderstorms, hardware failure, or even user error. You should keep regular offsite backups and routinely check their integrity.
- Your local software – It may not be a common problem for software on your computer to affect your website, but it is certainly possible. Keep your own computer updated and secured, and you can reduce the risk of some local malware spreading to your server.
- Check your code – Just as third-party web apps can be subjected to attacks, so too can your own. If you write applications for your website, you need to check them for vulnerabilities and double-check them for possible security holes.
Protecting your website does not have to be difficult. With a little effort and a reasonable amount of work, you can keep it safe.