TechTip: Digital Attack Preparedness for your Website
Your website is a virtual storefront where customers and partners rely on a safe and protected environment from the dark reaches of the web. E-commerce is booming in a big way, however, cybercrime is compromising the credibility of domains in every industry. This means protecting your website from malicious attacks and black hats when transactions are being made should be priority #1. Besides merchant solutions provided by companies at the point of purchase, bolstering your website security can be done all by yourself. The following items are important to your business and in particular website administrators.
Stay Updated, Update Everything
Essentially, updates are the lifelines to your network and the website it supports. Moving parts to your web pages, such as plug-ins that provide routine checkups to security by reading scripts and safeguarding potentially financial ruining information sometimes go unrecognized. Don’t delay these updates just for the interim. You’re only leaving security points vulnerable to threats that will capsize your customers and their business. Updates do often come with a cost but are minimal compared to a critical breach of information.
Toughen Up Passwords
By default, we all just want the same passwords for every login we own. That would be nice, but we are really bad when it comes to being original. Putting your users through password boot camp will force the realization that favorite pets in the family will not cut it anymore. Enforce passwords for users that will not be easily guessed, usually a combination of characters associated with a prefix with an employee ID will suffice. When you’re really advanced into bolstering your password security, SSH private/public keys authenticate users with a large string of characters that are 100% immune to any possible break-in.
DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) similar in nature to the Ping of Death are extremely common. Contrary to traditional attacks, the goal is to make your website or service virtually unavailable to you and the users that populate your site. The server becomes overwhelmed with a flood of traffic and then crashes. This is a constantly happening all over the world, see it here. There are comprehensive tools for your protection against these attacks. Incapsula is a cloud-based solution that just launched their very own protection course.