What Should I Do To Improve My Website Security?

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What Should I Do To Improve My Website Security?

How confident are you with your website security?

You may have done several checks to secure your website privacy. But when website hacking is one of the most frustrating and costly problems on the web, you can’t be sure of anything.

As a matter of fact, in a study conducted by Google revealed that there has been an alarming growth of website hacking threats on the web. Google finds 9,500 new malicious sites every day. This finding shows a large-scale danger for web authors and users.

How hackers access your site

Hackers make it easy to access your site through sneaking into your outdated software and poorly written code. This can then be infiltrated by the hackers infected codes. These codes are entered at the back end of the website which contains viruses, spam, offensive contents and images.

An infected website not only destroys the content but can also ward off the users. This neglect in website security can cause internet and search engine blacklist. Blacklisted websites are blocked since symptoms such as Malware, DNS, Spam and Phishing are detected on the site which can affect the users. These signs are strictly filtered by web hosting providers to protect the users.

Over two billion different internet users should be familiar with this internet term to ensure they protect their information online and maintain safe browsing. Here are the terms you need to understand for your security guide on the web:

  • Malware

Malware, short term for “malicious software”, is one of the most-known viruses obtained from the internet. This virus is known to disrupt your website and your computer operation and can access confidential information such as your passwords, credit card details and accounts. Examples of malware virus are:

  • Worms
  • Trojan Horse
  • Spyware

These can penetrate your hard drive and may delete or damage some of your computer files and information.

  • DNS

DNS is the acronym for Domain Name System. A DNS Blackhole Blacklist scans IP addresses and detects those with proliferating spam. This can affect internet users once the infected website has been opened. The numerous spams in your website can be reduced by running a security scan software which can also detect if you have been hacked.

  • Spam

NOTE: This is not the canned meat you usually see in supermarkets!!!

Spam is an internet term for unwanted emails which are usually used by different companies to advertise a product or service. This can also be used to access and hack your personal accounts and information. Several forms of spam can be seen on social media networks. The spam message is written at the comment section which includes a link directing you to the spammed website.

  • Phishing

Phishing got its name from the recreational activity that attempts numbers of chances. It tries to acquire sensitive information such as your usernames, passwords  and credit card details by camouflaging via a legitimate entity of electronic communication.

What to do if your website has been blocked?

Once your website has been scanned positively for any of these viruses on the internet, there are chances you’ve been hacked and blacklisted to avoid affecting other web users.You can start by

You can start by installing a security scanner in your website to eliminate the viruses and appeal to the company that blacklisted your website. When your information is not safe on the web, many users who have the capacity to access your data online can inflict harmful content that can derail your website. This includes directing your domain into malicious websites, setting up inappropriate or offensive content or imitating legitimate companies to use it on phishing your information.

How can your info or website be safe online?

  • Convert HTTP to HTTPS

The latest Google Chrome update wants site owners to use HTTPS moving forward. HTTP and HTTPS are both protocols for passing information between servers and users. The difference is that the latter is secured to provide with personal information unlike the former.

  • Go for tricky Passwords

Generally, the secret to a secure account or website on the internet is to set up strong passwords to your account. It is recommended that your password should be 8-12 characters long with mixed characters, symbols and number.

  • SFTP for security

If you’re sending your username or password on the internet, you can use the SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol).  When you’re using FTP, it sends your username and password unencrypted on the internet to secure your information.

  • Always update

Whichever platform you use on the internet,  especially if it contains web apps and plug-ins like photo-gallery and shopping cart, it is important to keep it updated. These are one of the targets of hackers to spoil your website function.

  • Always remember to backup your data

Backing up your data is as important as updating your software on a regular basis. Hackers on the internet always find their way to penetrate  your information online so you must  be able to restore your files. Regular updating of your backup must be implemented to return the operation into its normal state.


Need help securing your website?

systEmise can run through a website security check for you! With our latest tools and technology, we can help you identify which among these ways will secure your website. Simply send us an email at admin@systemise.com.au for further details.

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About the Author:

Angela Beale
Angie worked as a Certified Practising Accountant in England and Australia before moving into the Marketing and IT industries ( IBM, J D Edwards and Data #3) working alongside many of the top 100 companies in Australia.Angie applies her 26 years experience in Systems Development ( ERP systems) and Online Marketing to mentor small/mid businesses owners on attracting clients and growing their business through SMART marketing. Focussing on strategy, automation and systemisation.

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