September 8, 2022
Prevention is better than cure. And less painful.
If you are looking to redesign your website, you need to make sure your business is well protected as well as your users’ sensitive information.
Website security is something we usually neglect until we actually encounter a breach.
Here are 5 ways how you can ensure your website.
- Change your default login URL
- Limit login attempts
- Enable SSL encryption
- Set up two-factor authentication
- Install security plugins
1. Change your default login URL
Imagine a thief breaking into your safe by trying all possible number combinations on the lock.
Given enough time, he will gain access to your safe.
This is exactly what happens when bots perform brute force attacks to gain access into the backend of your website. Depending on what type of content management system (CMS) you are using, the default admin login URL usually stays the same.
For instance, if you are running on WordPress which happens to be the most popular CMS in the world, you could access the login URL easily by adding wp-admin after your domain.
And that is a breeding ground for bots and hackers.
By changing your default login URL, you can block a huge portion of brute force attacks.
2. Limit login attempts
Now you know bots have been performing brute attacks by trying all possible password combinations on your login URL.
And the only reasonable thing to do is to limit your hourly or daily login attempts.
Just don’t forget your password.
3. Enable SSL encryption
SSL encryption is a security protocol that encrypts information transmitted over networks. It’s required for websites that process sensitive information, such as credit card transactions.
If you have not set up SSL, we highly recommend you to get it done asap as the lack of SSL negatively impacts on search engine optimisation as well.
4. Set up two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication protects against brute force attacks by adding a second layer of authentication to your website.
When you set up a two factor authentication, you will need to key in a verification code after entering the correct password which is usually sent via sms, email or an authentication app such as Google Authenticator.
Consider adding a second padlock to your website.
5. Install security plugins
Not every website requires security plugins. They may slow down your site or add a bunch of additional features you don’t need.
However, if you are facing multiple cyberattacks daily such as DDoS attacks, you can consider setting up a security plugin. Some of them provides the mentioned functionalities as discussed above as well as firewall blocking and live traffic monitoring.
Are you secured?
Is your website being secured? What security plugins are you using? Share with us in the comment section below.