Simple Yet Effective Security Tips Against Website Hackers

This is a guest post by Chris Miller.

The internet is a very vast place with all kinds of people surfing it. With growing awareness for internet and web based services it is now the responsibility of website owners to protect their websites against any risk or security threat from anyone else. Further, the customer information, such as credit card details and other sensitive personal information etc should be properly protected.

Hack attempts are very common phenomena now and it has been noticed that around 90% of the hackers use the simplest technique for it, i.e. human negligence. However, it is the responsibility of every software development company offering software development services to create secure websites and educate the website owners about various strategies and methods that would help them in securing their website from hack attempts. We are going to offer some very simple yet effective security tips for website owners that will help them in protecting their websites against hackers without applying any advanced security measures.

Create Strong Passwords: While this may sound absurd but it is one of the most targeted area by hackers. They rely on the fact that most of the users are not really aware about the concept of strong passwords. A weak password is usually the weakest link in the chain and hackers try to exploit it. The first thing that you need to do is create a very strong password.

Some of the passwords and password making techniques that should never be used are:
  • Never use the name of your website or the domain name as the admin password.
  • Predictable and simplest combinations such as admin123, abc123, QWERTY etc should be strongly avoided as hackers are definitely going to try them as the first thing.
  • The username and the password should never be similar or have slight variations. This may sound foolish but many users keep their username and passwords same or very similar. For example, admin/admin123, George/george11 etc.
  • Words such as password, secret, admin, go, start, begin etc are also in hackers top list.
  • Also, avoid using words that are from dictionary as there are some programs that would match every word in the dictionary against a user name in order to find a password.
Your passwords should be at-least six characters long with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters combined with numbers and special characters. Further, make sure that you have unique passwords for each login and they are changed at-least once a month.

Do Not Save The Passwords: Avoid saving the passwords when you log into your site. The browsers save the password and hackers target them to fetch any file named saved passwords or similar words. They usually send out a Trojan that scans whole computer software for such files and sends them to the desired location.

Rename Your Admin Folder: Renaming the “admin” folder is another simple yet effective technique to save you website from hackers. Once you change the name of admin folder the hackers won’t even have a clue to reach your admin panel. However, the new name of the folder should not be containing dictionary words or the site name. Further, try to include number and special characters to make the name tougher to guess.

These are some of the simplest tricks to enhance the security of your website without requiring much technical help or expertise. However, website owners should include third party softwares and solutions to make the website secure.

About the author:

Chris Miller is a blogger cum developer @ Xicom Technologies. Xicom a leading CMMI Level-3 Web development company offerings Custom php development offshore web development, web development outsourcing services from a leading offshore web development company.

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June 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM delete

Great post, Keep posting like such post that are helpful.......

June 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM delete

Nice post. Thanks for sharing this great tips.


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