If you’re worried about keeping your web and data servers secure, you should be. Hackers have become more sophisticated, and they target business, government, and organizations across the board. The Equifax fiasco alone affected some 143 million customers. But Equifax wasn’t the only firm impacted. Others include well-known names like Deloitte, Cex, Verizon, AA, eBay, Uber, Sony, Yahoo, Target, and dozens more.
You bet it is.
But is there anything you can do to lessen the odds of a hacker wreaking havoc on your site? There is.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to trip up any hacker from gaining entrance to your site and data.
Make sure you or your website service provider constantly checks your site for antivirus and malware scanning or removal
This is critical. Your support team should scan your files on a regular basis, and report back to you at the end of each scan. Records are important from both an operational and a potential legal point of view. If malware is detected, make certain that rescue procedures are in place to quickly deal with the problem.
Make sure your network is constantly monitored
This can be done either by you or your host provider. Specifically, you should monitor the internal network for intrusions and suspicious activity. By constantly monitoring your site, you should be able to stop the spread of malware before it gets to your site’s server. If you use a host provider, see what plans they have for handling a situation of this nature. Being proactive can protect you from serious problems down the road.
Do you have a disaster recovery plan set to go?
If you have a system failure, you’d better have a recovery plan that immediately kicks in. A good hosting company should have an outstanding record in this area. In fact, don’t even consider one that doesn’t reach a level of at least 99%. The host should have redundant hardware that kicks in immediately when a system failure occurs.
Establish and enforce strict password and user access protocols for your staff
Members of your staff need stronger passwords because they’re the ones who impact your site on a day-to-day basis. You might want to consider using secure password managers which will create unique and complex passwords. It’s worth every single penny.
Make sure you disable FTP use by unknown visitors
Don’t let unknown users upload files to your web server. These hackers can upload files to your web server if your settings allow them to. Simply disable “Allow Anonymous Uploads”, as well as “Allow Anonymous Logins”. Access this option by clicking on WHM, go to Service Configuration, and then FTP Server Configuration. It’s a simple function that gives greater protection against potential site hackers.
Check your firewall to make sure it’s functioning properly
Your firewall is your first line of defense against unwanted intruders. It’s also one of the most neglected security tools in your defensive arsenal. Once it’s there, it tends to be forgotten. It shouldn’t be, and you have to make sure it’s evolving and keeping ahead of what hackers will throw at it. Chances are, your present firewall could need some updating. Make sure you check it out.
Hackers are not going away
If you’re looking for the ultimate software that will protect your site and drive a stake through the heart of hackerdom – well, that’s just not going to happen. Cybercrime is expected to hit over $6 trillion in a couple of years. Global ransom-wear damages have approached the $6 billion level. And cybersecurity expenditure is close to the $1 trillion mark already. It’s daunting, to say the least. But if you’re vigilant (and diligent!), you can greatly increase the odds of not allowing hackers to break into your site. Whether you have a host or run your own cyber security, stay alert, and stay ahead!