Hacking is a serious problem with websites, especially those that may contain potentially sensitive information. How do you effectively protect your website against hacking? There is no 100% guarantee that someone won’t find a way in, but here are some tips that will help protect your site to the highest degree:

1: Keep Platforms Updated – whatever platform your website runs on, make sure it is always the latest, updated version. It’s all too easy to not bother with updates – they can take time and be a bit of a chore – but many updates are security-related, and are designed to protect against invasion by third-party apps and such.

2: Use Security Plug-ins – like many of the suggestions here, this one is common sense. There are many free plug-ins that you can add to your site that are designed to protect against hacking. Check them out, and use them – you need all the help you can get, and again, keep them updated.

3: The Importance of HTTPS – this really cannot be stressed too strongly; if you have any sort of store or site where payments are taken, you need HTTPS. You look for it every time you want to make sure a site is secure, so other people will, too. Also, get an SSL Certificate if you are taking online payments; it will cost you very little, but means a lot to your customers.

4: Guard Against SQL Injections – among the most common problems with hacking are SQL Injections. This is when someone inserts code into a query that can be damaging. You need to make sure that you have set parameters as to what can and cannot be submitted on enquiry forms. Check this out in detail as it is one of the most important anti-hacking recommendations of all.

5: Protect Against Cross Site Scripting (XSS) – another common hack, XSS occurs when someone is permitted to add JavaScript code to your pages, which is then used to infect those of any visitors. This is a real problem with many sites, yet there are ways to protect against it. First, you need to be tight with what is allowed to be entered on your site, and second, you should use Content Security Policy (CSP) which will direct your browser to overcome any potential malicious script.

6: Secure Passwords – we know this one is drummed into you time and time again, but it still remains one of the easiest hacks around as people do tend to use passwords that can be simple to decipher. Make yours as random as possible!

7: Lock Your Permissions – we’re not going to go into too much detail, as this does get technical, but all the files and folders relating to what goes on with your website have permissions attached – that is, they are limited in who can read, write or execute them. Make sure you have these locked so that only authorised users can get to them.

That’s our list of tips on how to stay secure – we hope it helps!