Until recently, most website owners have not had to worry about special measures to secure their web pages unless they were conducting eCommerce transactions, or collecting sensitive information such as medical or banking data. But now all that is changing.
Google now officially recommends securing websites with HTTPS, which means that not only will this be important for organizations that want their websites to perform well in search, but more and more visitors will come to expect it.
In short, website security is no longer something for only certain types of websites to worry about – it’s a best practice for all businesses and organizations that want to optimize their search engine performance, establish credibility with visitors, and maintain a professional web presence.
here are some of the tips to secure your website.
Use secure host
Choosing a secure and highly regarded web hosting company is very important to your website security. Make sure the host you choose is aware of threats and is devoted to keeping your website secure. Your host should also back up your data to a remote server and make it easy to restore in case your site is hacked. Choose a host who offers ongoing technical support whenever necessary.
An SSL certificate confirms that your website is secure and is able to transfer encrypted information between user’s device and your server. When choosing an SSL certificate, you have three options: domain validation, business validation, and extended validation.
Both business validation and extended validation are required by Google in order to receive the green “Secure” bar next to your site’s URL.
Using HTTPS Encryption
Once you’ve installed an SSL certificate, your website should qualify for HTTPS encryption, which secures data between the user’s device and your website via Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol.
TLS provides protection in three ways by,
1. Encrypting the data exchanged between user’s device and the site,
2. Detecting and preventing data from being modified or corrupted in transit, and
3. Authenticating both the server and client before the data is exchanged.
Secure & Encrypt passwords
Using unique passwords for your admin login isn’t enough, you’ll be needing a complicated passwords which aren’t duplicated anywhere else, if you store user password on your website, make sure that they are in an encrypted format. Store the passwords somewhere outside the directory like on a different computer.
Storing the passwords in a plain text format makes easy to steal if the hacker manages to find the file.
Using firewall plugin
firewall plugins acts as a shield between your website and all incoming traffic. These web application firewalls monitor your website traffic and blocks many common security threats before they reach your site.
Aside from significantly improving your security, often these web application firewalls also speed up your website and boost performance.