Web security refers to all the methods and measures that are used for keeping the files behind your website and any data of your customers safe. It is essential that you build your security from the very beginning because the Internet is indeed a dangerous place. On a regular basis, we hear about websites becoming unavailable because of denial of service attacks. In several high-profile cases, millions of email addresses, passwords, and credit card details have been leaked into the public domain, exposing website users to both financial risk and personal embarrassment.
The main aim of website security is to prevent these attacks. The more formal definition of website security is the practice/act of protecting websites from unauthorized use, access, modification, disruption, or destruction. Effective website security will need design effort across the entire website: in your web application, your policies for creating and renewing passwords, the client-side code, and the configuration of the web server.
Basics of Web Security
- Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Just like how your computer needs a firewall and antivirus, so also your website needs a firewall. A strong firewall is capable of protecting your website from common attacks and vulnerability exploits. You may not be using any or many plugins as part of your website, but always remember that even website frameworks are susceptible to hacking. If a user visits your website and attempts a known hack or even a hack that closely matches the pattern of an earlier known hack, your firewall will intervene. This WAF will prevent the hacker from extracting any data from your website and also block the IP address of that user as part of an attempt to stop them from coming back to your website. A firewall is thus a silent hero in providing good web security.
- Strong passwords
It is essentially important that you use strong usernames and passwords. One very common procedure on websites today is to either ensure that a username follows a strict pattern or force a website user to use their email address as a username. On most websites, you are asked to come up with a username or create a strong password containing at least one number, one character, and one special character.
- Core and plugin updates
New features, updates to apps, frameworks and plugins often come with security fixes and enhancements. It is essential to regularly maintain your updates in order to ensure that your website is as secure possible.
- HTTPS and SSL security
HTTP stands Hypertext Transfer Protocol and it is the foundation of data communication through the World Wide Web. Today, HTTPS is important as it is the secure version of HTTP. The 'S' in HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. HTTPS secures the connection between you, the website, and the website in order to prevent a third-party from intercepting any data about you whilst you browse. Part of securing the connection between your website visitors and your website involves an ‘SSL Certificate’.
How Comodo cWatch can Help in Web Security?
cWatch Web developed by Comodo is the only solution on the market that is capable of combining a complete security stack managed by human expertise all in just a single solution. It offers the following key features also comprising of a powerful firewall:
Web Application Firewall (WAF)
The Comodo WAF is a powerful, real-time edge protection for websites and web applications providing advanced security, filtering, and intrusion protection
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Advanced intelligence that can leverage current events and data from 85M+ endpoints and 100M+ domains
Payment Card Industry (PCI) Scanning
This scanning enables service providers and merchants to stay in compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC)
A team of always-on certified cybersecurity professionals providing round-the-clock surveillance and remediation services
Secure Content Delivery Network (CDN)
A global system of distributed servers to enhance the performance of websites and web applications
Malware Monitoring and Remediation
Detects malware, provides the methods and tools to remove it, and prevents future malware attacks