There are two sides of the coin. One is useful while one is harmful. If one side is really useful for us, then another side may be dangerous. The same logic can be applied in Website Application Development. Use of CMS like Joomla, WordPress, & Drupal, utilization of various tools, plug-ins, modules & extensions make Web development more efficient and extensible. Unfortunately, sometimes use of such type of modern tools leads to the several security issues. Here is the list of steps you need to consider for better security.
1. Software Up-gradation
As most of the hacking is automated nowadays, you have to update the software continuously. It is more important when you are using various CMS like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. You may face the problems like, hacking, website down, loss of data or spam, etc if your software is outdated. It is recommended to use a web application firewall as it protects your website like a virtual patch, if you are unable to update latest version quickly.
Well, I don't think, I need to talk more about passwords as each individual knows the importance of strong passwords. I want to draw attention on common mistakes generally done by website owners @ the time of setting username and password. Chance of hacking will increase, if the combination of your username & password is very common. Hackers are very clever as they first attack your website by applying such type of common combinations.
There are many mis-beliefs about strong passwords. The password should be messy instead of your birthdate or brand name so that hackers can not assume your password easily. Password should have more characters than the regular size. It is very difficult to assume long passwords for hackers.
3. User Accessibility
Most of the times, multiple users access login panel of the website. Multiple users of one admin account may raise security issues. It is advisable to permit temporary rights and remove them instead of giving full access to admin panel. It means do not give the full accessibility to anyone all the time. The simplest example is; if someone who need credentials for blog posting, it's not necessary to provide full admin authority. You just need to give access to create and update blog posts.
4. Encryption Methods
Encryption techniques prevent your login credentials and stop the unauthorized person from accessing your private data. Secure socket layer (SSL) is widely used security technology for encryption. SSL secures your online transactions, login credentials and social security numbers very sensitively. By creating an encrypted link between a web server and a browser, SSL ensures that all data between web server & a browser remain private and integral.
5. Malware Detection
Malicious Software (Malware) is the source of all criminal activities. It includes computer viruses, worms, spyware, trojan horse, etc. Detection of such type of malware is very difficult. Most of the malwares may become visible @ the back door of your website and hidden within the website. Malware harms your website by allowing secret observation, providing intermediate access to the hackers, thieve your personal data, etc. It is preferable to check endlessly, using a modern malware detection techniques which can prevent your website from malware attacks.
6. Hire a Security consultant
There are many security dimensions which can not be handled by your own. You have to hire an expert for such type of issues as security plays a major role in your web success. Even some small things matter a lot in terms of security, so it's better to hire an adviser for the same. You can also stay in touch with a company that provides security services. They daily scan your website for debility, execute various security inspections, monitor for spiteful activities.
7. Choice of Extensions
Modern web development is well-known for it's CMS applications which comprise millions of plugins, add-ons, and extensions. Such kind of extensions are providing functionalities beyond your imaginations within a minute & without writing a single line of code. However, overdose of these plug-ins or extensions creates multiple security problems.
Selection of the right extension is very important. Choose the extension that is actually important for your website. Before adding any of the extensions, check-it-out when it was last updated & Select those which are updated regularly. Also, consider the age of extension & number of downloads till the date.
Deepak is marketer, developer, designer, storyteller, thinker, founder, CEO at iMOBDEV Technologies. Good proficiency in Web Application Development. Get the first-rate IT services for your start-up with down the earth cost.