Protecting your Business from Malicious Threats: Top Tools You Should Try
Protecting your company online from malicious threats is like locking the front door when you leave the office. It should be done on a daily basis and there should be multiple checks in place to ensure your data is protected. Hackers are fast, invisible, and can attack at any time of the day or night. This is why you need tools in place to keep yours and your client’s information protected.
TOOLS TO PROTECT BUSINESS
Web Application Firewall
A web application firewall (WAF) is either hardware or software based. It is a tool that sits between the data connection and server. The purpose of the WAF is to read each piece of data that goes through it.
Many WAFs are cloud based and can be purchased for a monthly fee. The WAF is a gateway for all incoming traffic to your server. It blocks hacking attempts as well as bots and spammers. This is a good frontline to scan all incoming traffic to your website, letting in the good and keeping out the bad.
Security applications come in both paid and free forms. They are not as effective as a WAF, but it is important to have more than one security tool to protect your business from malicious threats. For example, the Acunetix WP Security is a plugin that you can add to your site to hide the identity of your CMS. Some hackers use automated tools to look for WordPress sites that are easier to hack. This plugin hides your site from these hackers making it more resistant to automatic hacking tools.
Limit File Uploads
Uploading files to your website can be a hazard. Even though your system may check the files, all it takes is one bug or virus to get through and hackers have access to all of your data. The best way to limit file uploads is to store them outside of your root directory. To access them, use a script access and use them only when necessary. If you need help with this, your web host should be able to guide you through it.
Tighten Access Control
The last place you want a hacker to be able to access is the admin level. It may seem simple, but use usernames and passwords that are hard to guess. You would be surprised how many companies get hacked because they do not change their password often, or they make it simple to guess. Another way to tighten access control is to limit the number of login attempts. Even password resets should be limited because email accounts are easily hacked as well. Stepping these areas up a couple notches can dissuade hackers and protect your data.
Taking a few steps to tighten security and put tools in place can prevent your website from a malicious attack. This can save your data as well as save your company hundreds or thousands of dollars. Go through your current security features and see what needs an upgrade and where you can improve.
Ken Wilson is a Tech Guru and Security Specialist at ThePCDoctor – Australia’s Number 1 Computer Support company.