18 February 2010

How to Protect a Website Against Hackers

To protect your website from hackers, you must take a proactive stand on a daily basis. Just when you think you have everything covered, you can bet the hackers are already on their way into your data. Remember, hackers can do damage from inside the company as well, so take steps to protect yourself.

Step 1-
Maintain your servers in a locked location. Only allow designated personnel near them. Restrict access to computer drives. Remove computer drives totally from terminals where they are not necessary for job performance.

Step 2-Keep all virus protection up to date. Employees should complete a virus scan daily from their workstation. The person responsible for the LAN should also run virus protection daily on the server.

Step 3-Be very specific about the types of passwords that you allow. Make sure all passwords are an alphanumeric combination. Also make sure to change individual passwords on a regular basis. Keep the admin password to yourself.

Step 4-
Limit access to files. If someone is responsible for working on only one project, then he doesn't need access to every file on the LAN or on your website.

Step 5-Run only current scripts for your web pages. Hackers look for dated scripts that are more likely to have holes in them.

Step 6-
Take steps to disable employees' passwords as soon as they leave your employ, preferably before they even leave the building. Also close any accounts they might have with the company. This helps you protect the website from any damage from a disgruntled former employee.

Step 7-Set up a firewall and take steps to keep it secure. This is the only way to protect your website from hackers on the outside once you connect to the Internet.

AbhiShek SinGh
Founder of 'TheHackingArticles'. Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Researcher, and Software Engineer. Follow 'AbhiShek SinGh' on Facebook , Twitter or Google+ or via Email

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