Did you know that Google identifies around 10,000 malware-infected sites, out of which almost half of them are the ones compromised by hackers? Although it's widely believed that large enterprises are the primary targets for cyber crimes, small business websites run the highest risk of being hacked because they often don't invest as much in strengthening their security systems as big brands would.
Unfortunately, most victims notice the hacks at the same time when their visitors start spotting danger warnings from search engines and browsers. Now that is too late, as their websites have already been blacklisted by then. The rigorous recovery task consists of cleaning all links, rebuilding the server, and updating the content management software. Even after all these measures, there's no guarantee that search engines will remove the cautionary message. What's the way out? Well, how about taking a leaf out of what grandpa has always been saying? Prevention is better than cure. Waste no time and make sure that your website security is at its optimum level. Here are five ways that can save your website from being hacked:
Use strong passwords and keep them safe
You always knew this, but never bothered to take it seriously, is it? Expert hackers are already aware of the common, default and predictable passwords. Avoid using obvious passwords that contain the name, phone number, street address of your business or birth dates. An antivirus plugin may also come handy in protecting your site from virus attacks and thereby stall hackers from stealing passwords and planting malware.
Update CMS to its latest version
Whenever a content management system (CMS) launches a new update, it contains security enhancements even if it were in the slightest amount. Older versions of a CMS, especially WordPress, are prone to extremely invasive attacks. Therefore, the safest remedy is to update the CMS whenever there is a new version released by the developers. You also need to stop hackers from knowing the latest version of your CMS. Consult your webmasters, the guys who maintain your website, and remove the relevant hook that displays the version.
Register with Google's Webmaster Tools
Once a website is considered malicious and blacklisted, daily traffic flow naturally gets reduced. If you're registered with Google's Webmaster Tools, it'll notify you the moment there is a malware infection. This will make it easier to get rid of the threat before the blacklisting occurs.
Install ad-management plugins to protect AdSense
Ads are a great source of revenue, but they are prone to hacks, too. Some common hacking attacks are click-bombing to overload and shut down an AdSense account, and swapping the ‘real' ads for something irrelevant. Research very thoroughly, and find out the highest performing security plugins that can control your ad displays.
Apply encryption to protect your data
In order to avoid data interception during a transmission, make sure you use an encryption technique like Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Talk to your webmasters to find out the most suitable encryption for your website. Once you are done, ask them to set the appropriate encryption in place.
Above all, use an authorized security service provider for website. A reputed firm does daily checks, and cleans websites with their blacklist and malware removal tools. Stay on your toes and take the best possible security measure because hackers are always on the hunt, 24×7.