This is an important subject, and one that we should all pay attention to. Security issues can lead, to amongst other things, loss of income and damaged reputation. It’s for that reason it’s vitally important that steps are taken to keep your website secure. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you may think!
1) Update! This is one of the main reasons that websites are compromised, or, “hacked”, especially when there are updates available which specifically address security issues. To combat this, you’ll want to first make a full backup of your website, and then install any available updates. If things go wrong, you have the option to change things back to the way they were before.
2) Use strong AND unique passwords! You can have all the latest updates installed, and follow many best-practices, but weak passwords are essentially an open invitation for hackers to walk in and do some serious damage. As such, make sure you use strong and unique passwords all-round. This includes FTP accounts, database users, and any administrative login areas. If you’re looking for a quick way to manage your passwords, consider installing KeePass.
3) Restrict permissions. It’s entirely possible to have tens of administrators and moderators on your forum or blog, however just because it’s possible doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea. Instead, only grant special permissions to people that actually need them. Let’s say you’re running a forum: your web designer probably doesn’t need access to modify users or delete forums.
These simple tips may seem obvious, however it’s easy to slip up (we all do it!), so double checking you’re following at least a few best practices is always advisable, and could save a great deal of work down the line.
Ethernet Servers can provide a free security audit for all customers upon request. Simply open a support ticket and we’d be glad to help out!