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Mitigating and Preventing Vulnerabilities

There are easy steps you can take to mitigate and prevent vulnerabilities from allowing hackers to gain unauthorized access to your website.
  • Update your applications – The first critical step in securing your website is to ensure all applications and their associated plugins are up to date. Vendors frequently release imperative security patches for their applications and it is important to perform these updates in a timely manner. Malicious actors stay in the loop on open source application news, and are known to use update notices as a blueprint for finding vulnerable websites. Subscribing to automatic application updates and email notifications on critical patches will help you stay one step ahead of the attackers. For more information, check out our article, How to Secure Your Open Source Application.
  • Use a Web Application Firewall (WAF) – Web application firewalls are the first line of defense against those probing your website for vulnerabilities. Web application firewalls filter out bad traffic from ever accessing your website. This includes blocking bots, known spam or attack IP addresses, automated scanners, and attack based user input. For more information, check out our article Web Application Firewalls and Content Delivery Network – A Double Whammy For Hackers.
  • Use a malware scanner – Your last line of defense is the use of a reputable automated malware scanner. It is recommended you find one that can automatically identify and vulnerabilities and remove known malware. 
  • More advanced programmers may opt to manually review their code and implement PHP filters to sanitize user input. This includes methodologies such as limiting image upload forms to only .jpg or .gif files, and whitelisting form submissions to only allow expected input.

Understanding the types of vulnerabilities that hackers may attempt to use to exploit your web applications is an important first step to securing your website. Vulnerabilities can have dire consequences for not only your website and server, but for your customers’ data as well.

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