In late March of 2023, on an otherwise uneventful weekend, the executive team at Strategia Solutions started receiving notifications from our website’s security setup that someone was trying to hack our website. Over the next few hours, the hackers attempted every method in the book to try and get through our website security.
They failed every single time.
Our team of experts was on hand to deal with any situation. However, the security measures implemented by them were so sophisticated that they just sat back and watched the hacking attempts as they failed miserably over and over again. This is why we place so much importance on website security and regular updates.
Thanks to our strong security measures, we were able to prevent any damage. It made us think of all the websites out there that are just open to attack by these malicious actors and have no way to defend themselves.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the types of hacking attacks and the security measures that you can take to keep your website safe.
Types of Hacking Attacks
Hacking attacks come in various forms, and each one can cause different types of damage to a website. Here are some of the most common types of hacking attacks:
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS): This type of attack involves injecting malicious code into a website, which then executes in the user’s web browser. The attacker can then steal sensitive information or hijack the user’s session.
SQL Injection: This type of attack involves exploiting vulnerabilities in a website’s database to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information or to modify the contents of the database.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS): In a DDoS attack, the attacker floods the website with traffic from multiple sources, making it inaccessible to legitimate users.
Malware: Malware is malicious software that can be installed on a website, which can then infect users’ computers with viruses or steal sensitive information.
Security Measures to Prevent Hacking Attempts
To protect your website from hacking attempts, you need to implement strong security measures. Here are some of the measures you can take:
Regular software updates: Keep your website’s core, plugin, and theme up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates.
Strong passwords: Use strong passwords and enforce password policies that require users to create complex passwords.
Firewall: Install a firewall to protect your website from unauthorized access and prevent DDoS attacks.
Enforce SSL: Secure website traffic by enforcing HTTPS encryption using SSL certificates.
Backup your data: Regularly backup your website’s data to ensure that you can recover it in case of a hacking attack.
Brute Force Protection: Implement measures to prevent automated brute force attacks on your website’s login credentials.
Firewall: Install a web application firewall to prevent unauthorized access and filter out malicious traffic.
IP Lockouts and Bans: Block access to your website for IP addresses that repeatedly engage in suspicious activity or violate security policies.
Customized Secure Log In Page: Add an extra layer of security to your login page with a customized design and additional security features.
ReCAPTCHA On Login: Protect your website from automated bots and spam by implementing a ReCAPTCHA challenge on your login page.
Disable PHP Execution: Disable the ability to execute PHP scripts in directories where they are not needed to prevent malicious code execution.
Disable Directory Browsing: Prevent unauthorized access to files and directories by disabling directory browsing on your website.
Protect System Files: Secure sensitive system files by restricting access and permissions to prevent unauthorized modifications or deletion.
Automatic Security and Malware Scans: Schedule regular automatic security and malware scans to detect and remove any potential threats to your website.
How Strategia Solutions Can Help
At Strategia Solutions LLC, we understand the importance of website maintenance and implementing strong security measures to prevent hacking attempts. We offer website maintenance services that include regular software updates, backups, and security monitoring to ensure that your website is always up-to-date and protected against hacking attempts. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your website safe and secure.