5 Tips To Help Keep Your Web Hosting Situation Secure

If you’re running a website, or even just a page inside a website, then you should be aware of the basics of web hosting, and how to make sure you stay secure inside that framework. Unless you’re part of a huge corporation that has its own hosting built in, to a degree you’re at the mercy of your hosting service, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have some amount of control of some of the overall security functions of your part of the equation.

Five tips, in particular, to think about would be to learn about SSL security measures and decide if they’re right for you, choose all of your passwords wisely, make sure your CMS frameworks are updated regularly, be super careful about registered users on your sites, and read about security risks that are affecting other people in the industry.

Bring SSL Security Into Consideration

Even though it’s a bit deeper into the esoteric knowledge of the net and how hosting services tap you into the overall web, it’s important for your security and your peace of mind that you understand the basics of SSL. There are expensive ways to have complete protection when it comes to data transfers, and then there are new setups where you just have basic security if you ask for it, almost on a free level from some services.

Pick Passwords Wisely

At the core of every security measure is a good set of passwords. And chances are, you’ll have one master password to get into where your web hosting service has a page set for you to control the back end of your web development. If the wrong person gets ahold of that password, they can download, delete, or destroy whatever parts of your site that they want.

Keep CMS Frameworks Updated

If you’re running a blog or working with some other CMS framework, it’s vital for you to update your core files every time a new iteration comes out. Hackers will often find back ways into your file systems, and when they do, it’s up to your CMS to quickly figure out a way to plug up the holes, but you still have to do the install if it’s not automatic.

Be Careful About User Bases

If part of your website is a way for new users to register in order to do different things on the site, be very careful who you allow what type of access to. Smart people know how to carry out some pretty serious disruptions from inside a user profile if they’re feeling vindictive.

Read About Security News

A final way to make your situation more secure is to simply read about online security on a regular basis. Find out what systems are getting hacked. Find out what major companies have lost lists of their client data and password combinations. It happens all the time, and when it does, be sure to take steps to make sure your info isn’t floating around in the mix.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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