How to Protect Your Site from Cyber Crime
There are many types of cyber crime but the most common is hacking. It is done to get personal and financial information. If you are a website owner, you should protect your visitors, and probably customers, from hacking attacks. Here’s how to protect your site from cyber crime.
Change the Default Settings
There are systems that you can use to create a website. They make your life easy because they can set up a website right away. However, the default settings don’t give top notch security against hackers. To protect your site, be sure to change these default settings. For example, most usernames are “admin.” You will have to change it if you want to provide a higher level of security to your website.
Perform Security Checks
It does not have to be done every day but allot time for routine security checks. It’s better if you have a schedule such as weekly or bi-monthly. These security checks allow you to diagnose problems that might risk your data as well as your customers’ information.
The hackers today do not need to access your computer or have you open an email just to get data. All they need is your web presence. If you have this and does not manage your website properly using security checks, then you might be risking your website and its visitors’ safety. You should also use a separate email address for contact purposes and another email address for admin purposes.
Be Cautious When Installing Scripts
If building and maintaining a website is your DIY project, be sure to be cautious when installing scripts to protect your site from cyber crime. The third party scripts may cause you trouble so ensure that you know their function and that they are from a trusted entity before starting the installation. Checking the codes might also help. Watch out for words that should not be there.
Don’t Leave a Trace
Have you ever tried to access your control panel using a public computer? If you do this, be sure not to leave a trace by clearing cache and cookies. This erases data so other users cannot get any information about your website that could put its security at risk.
Use MySQL Database
If you can, use MySQL database for storing email data securely. Many hackers victimize individuals by sending them unsolicited emails. Where do hackers get the email addresses? Some of them rely on website owners and the latter do not even know. They can easily gather email data if the website owner stores them as emails.txt.
Use Passwords and Use Good Ones
Because it is not required, many website owners do not put passwords to protect the database but a password can be another security mechanism for your site. After all, adding a password to the scripts would not affect the speed of your website so it may be a good decision to use one. Choose good passwords that cannot be easily guessed. Use a combination of letters and numbers if possible.
These are just a few ways to protect your site from cyber crime. You may not be stopping hackers from doing what they do but at least you are preventing them from doing damage to your website and its visitors.
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