Protecting Your Business Website From Hackers
If your website has ever been attacked by hackers, then you know how much trouble they can cause. Fixing that damage is costly in both time and money. Depending on the type of damage that is done, you can also lose the hard earned trust of your customers. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your business’ website from hackers. It is wise to use as many of these defenses as you can.
Hackers are persistent, but not stupid. Unless your site holds information that is uniquely valuable, hackers will likely move on to another site if they can tell that yours is protected. Here are some tips that can help keep your website safe.
1. Change Your Passwords – effective passwords use a combination of lets, numbers, and symbols that are impossible to guess. Don’t let ANYONE know your passwords, and change them on a regular basis. All sensitive information and databases should be password protected as well. Also, do not use the same password for everything, or one breach will spell certain doom for your business and personal finances.
2. Protect Your Source Code – If hackers get a hold of your source code, they can cut it, paste it, and create their own site. There are easy to use scripts that will keep your source code from being visible to hackers.
3. Robots.txt – This is an incredibly effective line of code. It lets the search engines know which pages to index, and which pages not to index. Pages that are not indexed by search engines are almost impossible to find. Any web pages that are meant to be accessed only by the webmaster should be protected with this code.
Hackers love to attack small business websites, because they know small businesses usually do not possess the site security or technological expertise of larger companies. That lack of expertise can make the problems hackers create even worse, as it can mean a delay in fixing the problems. Small businesses have a lot to lose from hackers, especially if their sites are blacklisted by the search engines due to hacking issues. The last thing you want website visitors to be greeted with is a “This site may be compromised” warning.
A good way to stay off Google’s blacklist is to register with Google’s Webmaster Tools. With Webmaster Tools, you be notified anytime your site suffers a malware infection, usually with enough time to clean up the problem before your site is blacklisted.
An easy way to monitor your website for malware or virus infections is to use a website security service. These services regularly scan your website looking for potential breaches. The service will then notify you of the problems so that they can be fixed before hackers can do their damage.
Small businesses need to have an online presence to be successful. Unfortunately, the internet is not a safe place. Your customers know that as well, and they expect that any information they share with you, especially financial information, will be well protected. You owe your customers that much. Protect your website, and protect your customers; information as if it were your own.