Cybersecurity hacks and malware breaches remain rampant today. And while these cybercriminals have found other means of infiltrating systems and stealing data, such as by means of unprotected wireless medical devices and Cloud computing systems, many are still targeting websites through phishing and other attack patterns. If you have a website, whether it’s a blog where you post your thoughts or a dedicated site that catalogs your business’ products and services, it falls into your lap to make sure that it is secure from the grips and eyes of prowling hackers. Here are five tips to achieve that:


Keep Your Software Up to Date

The first tip on how to secure a server from hackers is to keep all relevant software up to date. Regardless whether you built your website from the ground up, hired a contractor to build it for you, or used a content management system, such as WordPress, to bootstrap your site. you’ll want to make sure every software package and module that your website uses is up to date. The good thing about using CMS providers is that they have people working 24/7 to fix any security flaws in their systems and routinely release patches to avoid any unwanted breaches. If your website uses any plugins, make sure you regularly check for updates. Plugins, if left unchecked and outdated, can be used by hackers as a gateway to launch attacks on your site and server.


Apply Multiple Configuration Settings

Perhaps the most thorough way to set up a secure web server from different vulnerabilities is by applying many configuration settings. Oftentimes, however, it can be confusing to figure out where to start and where to stop. Organize the protocols to take and the settings to set up into configuration categories. Dividing them this way enables you to systematically go through the process of securing the server with a top-to-bottom approach. Categories should include, but are not limited to, patches and updates, protocols, services, and accounts.


Use a Web Application Firewall

What is web server security without a robust firewall? A web application firewall can come as either hardware or software. It sits quietly in between your site’s server and the data network and processes every piece of information that passes through it. The majority of modern web application firewalls now sit on the Cloud and are offered as plug-and-play products. You’ll be charged with a monthly subscription fee but the added security advantages are definitely worth the cost. After successful installation, the firewall can block all incoming attempts by hackers and their malware as well as filter out undesired traffic, such as spam and pop-up ads.


Use a VPS

A virtual private server, or VPS for short, pertains to a host computer in a data center being shared by multiple machines. Access to and from the host computer is entirely independent of each other. VPS hosting can be used to perform different operations, from serving websites to running remotely operated programs. The key benefits of VPS hosting include being able to make high speed connections to the web and being able to access the server from any device that can connect to the Internet.


Choose a Reliable Host

Before you choose the best host for your site, it’s important to identify the factors that make a good service provider. Remember the three S’s when doing comparison shopping for web hosts – speed, security, and support. Fast and secure web content delivery with round-the-clock support for your business are the hallmarks of a reliable hosting service.


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Sarah Smith

Sarah is a small business owner and is currently learning about marketing, using the internet. Aside from working on her own business, she likes to use social media, and read travel books. Find her on Twitter.

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