Web security is all the rage these days due to multiple hacking incidents making the news.
But what’s frustrating is that despite so many articles on the subject, businesses and small websites alike make easily avoidable mistakes when it comes to handling things the right way.
A few steps in the right direction is all it takes to keep your site secure .
Let’s take a look.
Don’t use random codes from strangers
Random code from publicly posted repositories on sites like GitHub, Sourceforge, and Bitbucket can contain malicious code.
Here’s how to save yourself with a little smart thinking. You can deploy the code in maintenance mode and see how it works before publishing it.
That way you’ll avoid hundreds of hours of head butting.
Failing to take precautions can result in malicious code taking over your site and causing you to relinquish administrative privileges to your site and lose your hard work.
Never copy and paste codes from random strangers on the internet. Do some research on the person and then proceed to audit the code you get.
You might feel like you can save some time by copying and pasting some code, but getting it wrong just once is enough for a lot of problems.
For example: vulnerable WordPress plugins, malicious code that can take control of your site or harm the site in less critical ways, such as inserting tracking links to third-party sites and siphoning link juice.
These links usually appear only when Googlebot visits the site, and for all regular visitors, the link remains invisible.
Charles Floate and Wordfence teamed up to cite many recent examples of WordPress plugin vulnerabilities.
The way this scam works is to send malicious
SEO disclosure emails to China Phone Number WordPress plugin owners whose plugins haven’t been updated in a while.
They offer to buy the plugin and then run an update of that plugin.
Most people never bother to check what has been updated in the plugin. There are so many of them that they run an update as soon as it comes along.
But in this case, the plugin would create a backdoor access to the SEO website or client sites. All sites using the plugin now inadvertently become part of a PBN network.
Some of these plugins have more than 50000 active installs. In fact, one of the plugins listed is used on my site and I didn’t know about the backdoor until now.
These plugins also gave them administrative access to the affected sites.
They could very well take over a competitor site with this method and not index it, effectively making it disappear in the SERPs.
Encrypt Sensitive Information
When it comes to sensitive data, it should never be taken for granted.
It is always the smartest option to encrypt sensitive data. Personal information surrounding customers and user passwords fall into this category.
A robust algorithm should be used for this purpose.
For example, AES 256 is one of the best. The US government itself is of the opinion that AES could be used to encrypt and protect classified information and the encryption behind the hood has been publicly approved by the NSA.