A common misconception that has been doing rounds for quite some while now is that small businesses do not necessarily have to secure their websites, and this article, we will be busting the myth for you. You might be of the opinion that hackers are not interested in your company just because you are not famous or rich but, in reality, the picture is very different. Even if they do not attack your website directly, they can capitalize on it as a mediator for further distributing the malicious software. Additionally, hackers are constantly on the lookout for vulnerable websites that will help them test their programs to launch an attack on the bigger companies. If you fail to safeguard the integrity of your company’s website from the initial days itself, the repercussions of a data breach can inescapably wreak havoc on all your ambitions. In the following section, we will be jotting down a few tips that will assist you in improving the security levels of your website.
- Install plugins, scripts, and themes only from verified sources
Having a perfect web design is the key. When it comes to securing your website, don’t fall prey to the temptation of affordability offered by spiked and risky sources. Even if the purchase costs you a little more than its contemporaries but guarantees safety, you must always resort to that without any second thoughts. Hackers instill malware into pirated themes only to use them later to acquire full control over their victim’s website without the latter even knowing it.
- Update regularly
Most people tend to disable their core updates assuming that their plugins can be broken; however, if your plugin is actually broken, letting it be without an update will increase the vulnerability of the website. Bear in mind that updating the core software of your website can be tagged as indispensable, failing to comply with which will open doors to security glitches. Moreover, updating third-party plugins as we have mentioned in the preceding section will also encourage anomalies to latently find a course to the website.
- Choose a secure web host
Choosing a secure web host is another way of amplifying your precautions against impending cyber susceptibilities. Always opt for a WordPress hosting service that incessantly assesses the liabilities of websites under them and also controls the firewalls to combat the unforeseen hacking strikes.
- Change the admin username
Gone are those when the default username of the administrator login used to be “admin” and the hackers, were quite easily, spared from devoting too much though into guessing the username. Nevertheless, now that you have a choice of altering your admin username, use it to your benefit to actively curtail hacking incidents. The verity that you should choose a complex name that will be difficult for the hacker to deduce doesn’t have to be highlighted.
- Use multiple servers
If your company has more than one website, then you should never rely on a single server to take care of all your needs. The chances of cross-site contamination, that is, the risk of a website getting negatively affected by other sites functioning on the same server because of server isolation or poor account configuration, escalates rapidly. This is the reason why you should always have websites being hosted on different servers and keep away the already-infected websites from tainting others.