June 22, 2017
Cyber Security

How To Improve Your Website Security

How To Improve Your Website Security

With the WannaCry and Xdata ransomware attacks drawing headlines around the world, maintaining your website’s security is more important than ever. But new survey data by Clutch, a ratings and reviews firm in Washington DC, reveals that too frequently, our knowledge of security features doesn’t align with the features we actually implement.

Depending on your budget and the level of security your website needs, a monthly fee for security upkeep may end up being a small price to pay compared to the cost of a cyberattack. 

Meanwhile, even though 54% of those surveyed did not believe that they had been the victims of a cyber attack, experts point out that the most effective attacks go unnoticed.



Whether you are building a new website from scratch or in search of ways to upgrade the security of an existing site, here are three solutions to explore:


1. Implement Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication takes password protection to the next level by attaching your account to one of your devices.

By linking your email or website account to your mobile phone, two-factor authentication creates an additional obstacle to hackers. Even if a hacker manages to guess your username and password, two-factor authentication would require a code that would appear only on your mobile phone.

Not only does this help your account remain secure, but it also alerts you to any attempted sign-ons.


Clutch found that although two-factor authentication is typically a free feature built into many existing services, implementation is surprisingly low. 61% do not currently use two-factor authentication, and only 26% plan to implement it within the next year.

However, as two-factor authentication becomes increasingly common on social media platforms cloud storage providers, familiarity with two-factor authentication may be on the rise. Best of all, it’s generally free, making it an excellent way to increase your online security at no additional cost.


2. Upgrade Input Fields with Form Validation or CAPTCHA

If your website has input fields where visitors can write comments, sign up for an email newsletter, or otherwise contribute, you may be vulnerable to hackers. Input fields create an opportunity for hackers to inject harmful code where most people would type harmless text.

The ramifications for this type of attack range from accessing sensitive information (such as financial details) to erasing the databases your website needs to operate. The time it takes to secure and rebuild your website could translate to major losses.

To protect your website from this type of attack, you can install form validation that will reject harmful code. Another commonly implemented solution is CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) that use questions about identifying pictures or characters to help distinguish human users from bots that may be used to attack your website.

Securing your input fields will take you one step closer to creating a website that is less vulnerable to attacks.


3. Contact Your Web Development Company

Even though website security solutions might seem simple on paper, in reality, they present a major pain point in many organizations.

For example, only 50% of website managers surveyed update their software and applications, even when they receive automatic reminders. Among the dozens of deadlines we need to handle every day at work, proactive steps toward improved website security can end up falling to the bottom of our to do lists.

Believe it or not, but…….


Gaps in security

If this type of pain point exists in your organization, you may be able to engage your web development company for maintenance tasks. Ciklum offers managed services that can ensure that websites stay up to date with software and service updates. If your original web developer does not offer this type of service, other development companies may be able to step in to provide outsourced support.

Depending on your budget and the level of security your website needs, a monthly fee for security upkeep may end up being a small price to pay compared to the cost of a cyberattack.

There are many additional steps toward greater website security to explore. But if the thought of overhauling your security practices seems overwhelming, these three steps may provide a starting point toward a safer website and a stronger business.