Hypertext Preprocessor or PHP is a server-side language used for the creation of various forms of websites or applications. PHP is highly used for the creation of websites because of its user-friendly procedures and easy coding. Therefore, 80% of the websites including WordPress use PHP for easy and smooth functioning. A lot of CMS also prefer PHP for easy understanding of the website functions and its management.
Let us have a look at some of the helpful tips that can protect your PHP website from hackers and intruders:
- Avoiding Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
Cross-Site Scripting Attacks or XSS attacks are some of the dangerous attacks that ruin your website from the core. In this form of attack, the hacker injects malicious codes into the website to destroy the files at the core level. The hacker has the freedom to ruin any vital file and damage the functioning of your website. This immediately ruins your goodwill in the industry. The websites that submit user data are at higher risk of XSS attacks. Identifying XSS attacks is a tedious task as the fake code injected into the website appears similar to the legitimate one. Hence, professional help is one of the best ways to get rid of this issue.
- Block CSRF Attacks
Cross-Site Request Forgery or CSRF attacks are other ones in the list of detrimental attacks. The attacks involve controlling the website or application by the hacker according to his choice. This allows the hacker to function the website accordingly, injecting malicious codes, and displaying inappropriate commercials on the website ruining the business’s image. Hence, one should immediately consult for professional help to lower the damages caused and block the ones that can happen in the future. The hacker also has the access to ruin the entire database and compel the users to transfer their data. To bind such attacks one can bind their sessions with their IP address.
- Avoid SQL Injection Attack
SQL Injection Attack as the name says is a deep form of hacking method that ruins the database of the website or application. The hackers use certain URLs to hack the database. The hackers alter the queries of the clients that immediately hampers the goodwill of the business. The use of parameterized queries can block these forms of attacks. They rule out any possible SQL attack.
- Use of SSL Certificates
Use of SSL certificate ensures safe and encrypted transmission of data over data. It is a recognized protocol known as HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for the secure transfer of data. The use of an SSL certificate by the application makes it safer for their clients to transfer their private data. This makes it tough for hackers to intrude on your data. Well-known names like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera suggest using an SSL certificate for safe transmission of data.
- Limited Data on the Browser
A specific directory in the micro-PHP framework ensures the data of major and vital files. Though these files aren’t browsed by the browser they aren’t kept secret which creates a question of security for the application. Therefore, it is advised to keep your important files in a public folder rather than the root directory. This lowers the hacking chances.
Following the above-mentioned steps can help one to keep their PHP website and applications safe and secured. Few forms of possible attacks are also mentioned in the write-up to aware one of its disadvantages and how they can harm your website deeply.