Every internet entrepreneur, at a certain point in the development of his business, founds himself in the position of having to take measure against cybernetic terrorism and other types of threats that could destroy his work in no time. Large corporations are paying millions every year in order to secure their servers and websites. However, for the average internet businessman, the budget allocated for this activity is way lower. Here are some techniques that prove to be useful in strengthening your website’s security, cheap and efficiently.
The main targets of hackers
When it comes to the online environment, the primary targets of hackers and crackers are the ecommerce platforms. This is happening because online stores present the highest availability in funds that a cyber-criminal can extract and then direct towards his accounts. Owners of internet businesses that have the object of selling products or services should focus more on structuring their security layers online.
Taking advantage of firewalls and security policies
In order to be able to properly secure an ecommerce platform, the process must start from the root: the hosting servers. If the hosting servers aren’t secured properly against attacks, physically and virtually, the online platform hosted won’t stand a chance against directed attacks. Firewalls, but physical and software, are helping a lot into blocking attacks and stop infections before they even get inside. Firewalls filter information sent and received, and can also be used in order to close ports for unused services.
The next step after securing the access ways is to ensure that the rules are respected strictly within the area of the hosting servers. Security policies should not only be mentioned, but enforced (strong passwords which are renewed regularly are a good way to increase security).
Physically securing the equipment is the final step to take regarding the root security of your web platform. Ensuring that the hosting servers are in a locked room where only authorized personal can enter is a proper practice.
Applying updates regularly
When it comes to securing to software part of an ecommerce platform, it is vital to ensure that the software running on the hosting server is always up to date. Hackers are using tools to exploit vulnerabilities found in scripts, so though it is critically important to upgrade the script in order to cover the exploit, making it unusable for an attacker.
While most scripts are featuring an auto-update option, it is recommended that the administrator should manually check if the updates are done regularly, in order to preserve the integrity and to avoid a possible fault in the script’s auto update system which would let it uncovered to exploits.
Backing up data
Finally, after both the hosting server and the script have been secured properly to resist attacks, there is one final counter measure to take. Every security analyst knows that backup is another vital operation in the fight against cybernetic enemies. By doing regular backups of the database and the files used to run the ecommerce platform, you, as the owner and administrator of the business, will ensure that even if the platform is compromised, you will be able to quickly restore it from one of the backed up versions.