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Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Website Owners

S.R. Schroeder // Last Updated: 18 December 2022

As a website owner, cybersecurity should be a top priority. Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to access and exploit websites, and if you're not careful, your site and your users could be at risk. If you are only starting to think about cybersecurity risks, can contact us for a risk assessment to develop a comprehensive analysis and starting approach to improving your cybersecurity.

To help protect your website and your users, here are the top 10 cybersecurity best practices for website owners:

Use strong and unique passwords.

One of the most basic but important things you can do to protect your website is to use strong and unique passwords for all of your accounts. Avoid using common words or phrases, and instead use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. It's also a good idea to use a password manager to help you generate and store strong, unique passwords.

Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to provide a second form of authentication, in addition to your password. This could be a code sent to your phone, a biometric scan, or a security token. Enabling 2FA can help prevent unauthorized access to your accounts, even if someone else has your password.

Keep your software and plugins up to date

Outdated software and plugins can be vulnerable to attacks, so it's important to keep them updated with the latest security patches. This includes your website's content management system (CMS), any themes or templates you use, and any plugins or extensions you have installed.

There are several free online tools that can help you check if a website's plugins and code are up to date. Some of the top free services include:

  1. Detectify: This tool scans a website for vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, including outdated plugins and code. It provides a report with recommendations for fixing any issues that are found.
  2. Qualys SSL Labs: This tool allows you to test the SSL/TLS configuration of a website and check for vulnerabilities. It also checks for outdated or unsupported SSL/TLS protocols and ciphers.
  3. This tool analyzes the HTTP headers of a website and checks for any security issues. It also checks for the use of outdated or insecure headers and provides recommendations for improving the website's security.
  4. BuiltWith: This tool allows you to see what technologies a website is built with, including the CMS, frameworks, and plugins. It can also help you identify outdated technologies and suggest alternatives.
  5. Quttera: More of a quick look vulnerability scanner but a good free scan to try

By using these tools, you can check if a website's plugins and code are up to date and identify any issues that may need to be addressed.

Use secure connections

Make sure your website uses secure connections, such as HTTPS, to protect user data as it's transmitted between the website and the server. This is especially important for sites that handle sensitive information, such as online stores or financial services. It is a good idea to check the configuration of your SSL certificate (actually TLS, but anyway everyone calls them SSL) using the Qualys service from the section right above.

Implement security measures

There are a number of security measures you can implement to protect your website, including firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems. These can help prevent attacks and alert you to any suspicious activity.

A Web Application Firewall (WAF) sits between a website and the internet, monitoring and filtering traffic to the website. It can be configured to block traffic from known malicious sources and to alert website administrators to potential vulnerabilities.

An Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is a system that monitors network traffic and looks for signs of potential attacks or other security threats. It can be configured to alert administrators to suspicious activity, allowing them to take action to prevent or mitigate an attack.

Both WAFs and IDS systems are important tools for protecting websites and networks from cyber threats. By monitoring and filtering traffic, these systems can help prevent attacks and protect sensitive data from being accessed or stolen.

Regularly scan for vulnerabilities

It's a good idea to regularly scan your website for vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers. This can help you identify and fix any issues before they become a problem. 

Vulnerability scanning can help protect a company's reputation and brand. A data breach or cyber attack can have serious consequences for a company, including damage to its reputation, financial losses, and legal liabilities. By regularly scanning for vulnerabilities and fixing any issues that are found, a company can help protect itself from these potential consequences.

There are several different methods and tools that can be used for website vulnerability scanning. These include manual testing, automated scanners, and web application firewalls (WAFs). At SEIRIM we provide all these vulnerability scanning services and also have the web developer and programmer team to help make any required fixes.

Manual testing involves manually reviewing a website and its code for vulnerabilities. This can be time-consuming and may not be feasible for large or complex websites, but it can be a useful method for identifying specific vulnerabilities.

Automated scanners are software programs that scan a website automatically, looking for known vulnerabilities. These scanners can be run on a regular basis to identify new vulnerabilities that may have been introduced since the last scan.

Web application firewalls (WAFs) are security systems that sit between a website and the internet, monitoring and filtering traffic to the website. WAFs can be configured to block traffic from known malicious sources and to alert website administrators to potential vulnerabilities.

Monitor your website traffic

Monitoring your website traffic can help you identify unusual or suspicious activity, such as an increase in traffic from a specific location or a sudden spike in traffic. This can be a sign of a potential attack or other security threat.

Back up your website regularly

Regularly backing up your website can help protect you in case of a cyber attack or other disaster that could cause your site to go offline. It's a good idea to keep multiple copies of your website in different locations, so you have a backup plan if something goes wrong.

Train your team on cybersecurity best practices

Educating your team on cybersecurity best practices can help protect your website from potential threats. Make sure everyone on your team knows how to create strong passwords, recognize phishing attacks, and handle sensitive data securely.

Stay informed about cybersecurity threats

Staying informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and trends can help you stay ahead of potential attacks. This can include following cybersecurity news, subscribing to industry newsletters, and attending conferences and events. A great resource is Cyber.Report, a curation of all the top daily cybersecurity news.

En fin

By following these cybersecurity best practices, you can help protect your website and your users from potential attacks. Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing process, so make sure to regularly review and update your security measures to ensure the ongoing protection of your website.

If you need assistance, be sure to contact us, SEIRIM Cybersecurity, located in Shanghai.



Founder of Seirim, S.R. focuses on the art and science of web design, cybersecurity and web development tech to help keep driving SEIRIM's projects and abilities forward.


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