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Reducing Wordpress and Drupal Website Security Vulnerabilities

Reducing Wordpress and Drupal Website Security Vulnerabilities

Posted by Adam Aloi Tue, Nov 6, 2012

Keeping Drupal and Wordpress secure from outside attacks may seem daunting with the number of high profile websites being taken down. Drupal and Wordpress are two of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) used to develop websites, and while more companies are relying on this platform, so are hackers. As more businesses rely on a virtual online presence, the need to maintain a website’s security and “up time” have become even more pressing. The Hartford recently ran a survey and reported that 85 percent of small business owners determined that a security breach would be unlikely. As CMS systems continue to evolve, so have the weapons hackers use. In fact, many security breaches are so stealthy that little trace is left by the attackers. The first step is to perform a Drupal / Wordpress website security audit to determine what security vulnerabilities are present. Even a simple audit can help determine where to optimally allocate time and budget. Update modules or plugins to the latest versions. Both Drupal and Wordpress list all reported bug and security issues on their websites. Be careful, occasionally the latest security fixes may not be entirely compatible with other modules or newer versions of your CMS. Move to the latest CMS version. Drupal 7, for example, brings with it a large number of updates and security enhancements that have made it not only more secure, but easier to update. Secure your databases. At the heart of Drupal are databases that contain information from products, users, blogs, and other dynamically generated content. A Drupal database security system will help create an audit trail that will allow you to track activity “before and after” log of database changes. IP Security and Monitoring. Websites can be taken down through IP denial of service attacks. An IP security service can help identify malicious traffic even before it has a chance to affect the website. Hosting your DNS with a third party service can also improve the chances that your website ???? Ensure you have secure website hosting environment. As witnessed by Hurricane Sandy, having a data center in a flood-prone environment without instant redundancy can take even the largest website down for days or even weeks. Have a backup site ready. Backing up your website’s data is probably the most critical step in keeping your information safe. A backup can be as simple as a daily or weekly copy or just moving database files onto a local machine. The most secure level of protection is to keep the latest version of your website backed up onto another server in a completely separate hosting environment. Protect ecommerce and logins with SSL. If your website processes e-commerce transactions, records sensitive information, or has a private login, then you need to comply with the latest laws governing online data gathering. One of the most fundamental steps is using a SSL certificate to encrypt the information coming from your website. There’s reason why outage updates begin with “due to unforeseen circumstances”, but by taking an active role in your websites security issues, you can greatly improve your chances of survival.

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