It's no secret that website hacking is on the rise these days. Hackers are continually learning new ways to infiltrate networks and systems because they now share their malicious techniques within an extremely close-knit web hacking community. With ever-more enterprises relying on websites for not only providing information but for transactions of all kinds, these bad actors have no shortage of opportunities. Websites and web applications enable organizations to connect effortlessly with customers and suppliers. At the same time, these same portals contain vulnerabilities that expose a multitude of security risks. These risks open the doors to hackers.
Hackers most often target organizations such as large corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies that retain a lot of personal data, but small or medium-sized organizations, and even individuals, are also at risk.
The good news is that it's still possible to prevent most attacks by taking suitable security measures. Some key security measures that will help block hackers from attacking your website include:
- Change passwords. Some software is available with built-in passwords to permit the first login after installation. Always immediately change these default passwords.
- Update regularly. Keep your software updated. Many, if not most software updates are to patch security vulnerabilities.
- Strengthen access control. Strengthen access control by creating usernames and passwords that cannot be guessed—don't use birthdays, anniversaries, dog's or children's names, and the like. Instead, adhere to guidelines like including at least 8 characters, upper and lowercase, and numbers and special characters. Also, limit the number of login attempts allowed within a specific time period, even with password resets. Finally, never send login details by email because an unauthorized user could hack the email account, thus obtaining the credentials.
Tighten network security. It is possible for computer users in your office to unintentionally provide an easy access route to your website servers. Ensure that:
- Passwords are frequently changed
- Passwords are strong and never written down
- Logins expire after a short period of inactivity
- All devices plugged into the network are scanned for malware every time they are attached
- Install a web application firewall (WAF). A WAF acts like a “fence” between the data connection and your website server and reads every bit of data that goes through it. A WAF allows you to be at peace by blocking all hacking attempts and also filtering other types of unwanted traffic, like malicious bots and spammers.
- Remove form auto-fill. When auto-fill is left enabled for forms on your website, you are actually leaving it vulnerable to attack from any user's computer. To block hacking attempts, never allow your website to be exposed to attacks that utilize the laziness of a genuine user.
- Back up frequently. To always be on the safe side, make frequent backups. This way, if malware infiltrates your website, you can go back to a recent “clean” version. Every time a file is saved it should be automatically backed up in different locations. Note that if you only make backups once a day, you actually lose that day's data if your hard drive fails.
- Use a managed, comprehensive cybersecurity solution: To stay proactive against evolving threats, implement a multi-layered approach that includes a secured content delivery network and managed firewall.
How Can Comodo cWatch Web Help Block Attackers?
Comodo Cybersecurity has developed cWatch — a web security tool that effectively blocks cyberattacks by offering the following security features:
- Comodo cWatch Web provides online merchants, businesses, and other service providers handling credit cards online with an automated and simple way to stay compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). It guarantees that payment cardholder information is kept secure from possible security breaches via meticulous network and application scans to detect and fix security vulnerabilities.
- The combined Comodo cWatch malware detection scanning, preventive methods and removal services are a proactive approach to safeguarding your business and brand reputation from malware attacks. cWatch identifies malware, provides the methods and tools to remove it, and prevents future malware attacks even before they hit your network.
- The Comodo cWatch web application firewall (WAF) can eliminate application vulnerabilities and protect web applications and websites against advanced attacks including SQL Injection, Denial-of-Service (DDoS), and Cross-Site Scripting. Combined with vulnerability scanning, malware scanning, and automatic virtual patching and hardening engines, the Comodo WAF provides strong security that is wholly managed for customers as part of the Comodo cWatch Web solution.
- The Comodo secure Content Delivery Network (CDN), included with cWatch Web, is a network of globally distributed servers designed to enhance the performance of web applications and websites by delivering content using the closest server to the user. Use of a CDN not only assists in performance and preventing cyberattacks, but is proven to increase search rankings.
- Comodo's Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) delivers early detection of breaches and threats, log management, rapid incident response times, and compliance reporting. All of this is done with threat intelligence data from Comodo's 85 million global endpoints and more than 100 million validated domains, enabling risks to be recognized before an attack can occur.
- The Comodo Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) is staffed 24/7/365 with certified security analysts who monitor, assess, and defend websites, applications, databases, servers, networks, data centers, desktops and other endpoints for customers. With a modern facility and Comodo cWatch technology, the CSOC effectively checks for threats, detects and examines them, and then executes the necessary response.