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By Damilola Faustino

You may not think your site has anything worth being hacked, but websites are compromised all the time and it is not just because you have some valuable information. Sometimes, websites are hacked to commit cyber crimes and they end up being traced back to you. In fact, majority of website security breaches are not to steal your data or deface your website but instead attempts to use your server as an email relay for spam or to set up a temporary web server for illegal activities. These security tips will help you protect your website from hackers:

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Keep platforms and script up-to-date

One of the best things you can do to protect your website is to make sure any platforms or scripts you have installed are up-to-date. Because many of these tools are created as open-source software programs, their code is easily available to both good-intentioned developers as well as malicious hackers.

Install security plugins

Once you have updated everything, further enhance your website security with plugins that actively prevent against hacking attempts. If you are using WordPress, you can use free plugins like iThemes Security and Bulletproof Security to protect your website. These can help you fight hacking attempts that could threaten your website.

Use HTTPS

As a consumer, you may already know to always look for the green https in your browser bar any time you want to provide sensitive information to a website. Most consumers know to recognize those five little letters as an important shorthand for security: they signal that it’s safe to provide financial information on that particular webpage.

Make sure your passwords are secure

This seems simple, but it’s very important. It’s tempting to go with a password you know will always be easy for you to remember. That’s why the most common password is still 123456. You are opening the door to hackers if you use this type of password.

Don’t allow your users to upload files

Allowing users to upload files to your website can be a big website security risk, even if it’s simply to change their avatar. The risk is that any file uploaded however innocent it may look could contain a script that when executed on your server completely opens up your website so many hazards.

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