2. Avoid using weak user names and passwords
Weak user names and passwords are famously known security vulnerabilities and it is the best way for your website to get flagged by the scanners used by hackers/cybercriminals to identify these types of security vulnerabilities.
Note - do not use the same password across multiple services because if a security breach takes place all your digital assets will be left vulnerable to hackers /cybercriminals.
3. Use CAPTCHA and spam filter plug-ins
If your website was built using an open-source platform then for sure you must have received emails from unknown sources that have no connection with your website. In order to reduce the number of spam emails coming through use CAPTCHA to make sure that humans are filling out the necessary information. Furthermore, most open-source CMS’s (Content Management Systems) have plug-ins that are capable of filtering spam that is coming through forms. These plug-ins won’t guarantee you 100% spam removal but it is a step in the right direction.
4. Set up a firewall and enable platform-specific security measures
The first step you need to take is to enable Google Webmaster Tools in your website because Google crawls through your website to update its search index. While crawling if it detects any abnormal activities then it will flag your website. Moreover, each open-source platform has a number of firewall plug-ins that can be installed and configured to operate as an additional layer of security.
5. Use two-step authentication
This is one of the most commonly used methods that greatly improves security. For two-step authentication to be enabled you are not only required to key in your password but also go through an additional authentication method.
Usually, what happens is that a verification code is sent as an SMS to your mobile phone/email which then has to be entered in the login portal in order for you to log in and this, in turn, verifies your account. With this method, even if a breach occurs the hacker/cybercriminal will find it difficult to access your account since the verification code is with you.