As much as the networks connected to web servers are risky, so are the websites. As much as risks are created by misuse of network resources and web server, hosing sites can also entail risks related to security. When it comes to security, both websites and customers take extra care and measures to avoid security risks. But when it comes to security on website’s end, here are some things that can be helpful:
Keeping software up to date
Keeping your software up to date is very important as hackers tend to abuse when they find security holes. And this is important for both server operating system or any software you are running on your website like CMS.
Even if you are using a third-party software you should ensure security. Many tools are used by designers and developers these days like npm, composer or RubyGems.
However, you don’t need to worry about the security if you are using managed hosting solution as the hosting company will take care of the security concerns.
Look for SQL injection
Attackers usually try to manipulate your database or try to gain access of it by using URL parameter or web form field and this is called SQL injection. If you use standard transact SQL, getting information, deleting data and making changes is easy. Most web languages have a feature called parameterized queries which will prevent attackers from doing any harmful activity.
Providing minimum errors to your users can ensure that they do not leak any secrets that are there on your server. Avoiding sharing exceptional details can be risky too as this can make SQL injection easier for attackers. So, only share that information which is required with the customers and keep detailed errors with you in server logs.
Keep a check on your passwords
Passwords can be tricky and lead to loss of important documents and private information. That’s why, almost all websites ask for a strong password as the loss of the customer’s data can lead to the downfall in the company’s goodwill and can lead to legal action against the company. It is also important to keep strong passwords to website admin area and server.
Avoiding file uploads
Some websites work in such a way that they ask for file uploads(like Google Drive). File uploads are risky for both the parties- customers and the website owners. Customers worry that their private content is being uploaded and is at risk where as on the website owner’s end, it is even more dangerous as a file when uploaded may look normal, but can contain scripts that when executed on server, can destroy your website by completely opening it.
Get security tools for website
When you think you have done it all, then comes the time for checking it. This can be done by use of some website security tools which are known by many names. There are many free products available online. It is worth checking them out.