January 20th, 2017
Cyber-attacks have increased by 23% since 2013, and that percentage appears to be rising. Considering the recent Google and Yahoo hacks, the Democratic National Committee servers, as well as several hacks into corporate social media accounts, it's no wonder that companies are being proactive when it comes to protecting their websites against potential attacks.
As technology continues to advance rapidly, sometimes we don't know who's capable of tapping into our protected servers until it's too late.
Below are 4 baseline tips to protect your website and hosting from potential cyber attackers:
- Keep your software up to date. While updating your software is vital for optimal device performance, it is also critical for securing your websites. If there are holes in your cybersecurity system, it's only a matter of time before hackers explore them. If you do not update security patches, hackers will use these breaches as a way into your website. If you are responsible for your own web server, you should make sure to apply security updates here, as well.
- Use generic error messages. You don't want to play hot and cold with a potential hacker with login access. Avoid saying that the password or username was correct, and instead, give plain responses. A determined hacker can pick up on clues to crack a password and access personal account information.
- Enable two-step validation. When accessing sensitive information, a user must always verify that they are human, not a computer, by entering a CAPTCHA or code sent to their email or mobile device. By entering the code, the user verifies that they are not a hacking tool and are also the intended accessor. When setting up your email accounts, always enable the additional verification and enter your backup email address and phone number for maximum security.
- Use complex passwords. Many people fail to diversify their passwords or change them regularly. Using the same login information for all accounts allows hackers to use your password to create a domino effect. If, by chance, your email is hacked, will the hacker be able to access other accounts as well? Always use a combination of both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols to create a unique password.
By using these techniques, and keeping up on them frequently, your company accounts should be safely secured.