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Every Website Needs a Firewall: Here’s Why

Although a reliable and secure hosting platform can protect your site to a great extent, it is not enough. With more websites being built and an increased volume of data being exchanged every minute, there is a growing need for website security. Add Google’s mandatory requirement of a secure site, and you have all the more reason to strengthen your site’s security. That is where your site needs applications like a firewall.

A web application firewall or WAF helps your site in the following ways –

  • Creates a set of rules and guidelines for website protection
  • Blocks unwanted web traffic to your site
  • Protects from DDoS attacks, brute force attacks, malicious scripts like SQL injection, and more such harmful events that can compromise your site data.
  • Provides temporary, virtual patches for content management platforms like WordPress, Magento, Drupal, etc. much before they release their own official patches, and saves your site in the meantime.

A firewall is more of a proactive measure rather than a reactive one. In most cases, you can be sure of a firewall to safeguard your site from any probable threats. But even if in the worst case scenario, there is an attack, you still have a better chance of fixing the problem faster, rather than doing expensive damage control.

If you are still contemplating on whether to use a WAF or not, here are a few more good reasons to help you make a better decision.

You can expect a better site performance

A Web Application Firewall can also increase the speed and performance of your website. It uses caching techniques which help store the site data, especially the static one, in a subdirectory, thus reducing the time lag between a query and retrieval of information. And a better loading time always results in better traction on your site.

Because HTTPS is not enough

While a security certificate passes off a site as safe to browse, it is not the ultimate level of security measure. Just adding a security layer on your website protocol will not stop hackers from doing what they do best and accessing your site data. An SSL is a means of validation of your site’s authentication and safety clearance and not a program that can save your website from a crash or lose customer data. You need something more, and a firewall is a proven means of addressing the same.

Hacking can cause you long term losses and not just financial ones.

Hacking is not always intentional. As surprising as it may sound, most cases of hacking are not targeted towards bringing down a website or a business. Sometimes, it is all about using your website as a channel to send spam messages. All they want to do is inject malicious code on the backend and access your mail database. This might not directly hurt your core business but will cost you in terms of site performance and reliability. So, hacking is not always about the identity or data theft or stealing from your bank accounts but also about losing the trust and confidence of your customer, or your reputation as a company.

Summing up…

One of the best ways to install a WAF is with your hosting provider. Most reliable cloud hosting services in India offer firewall applications as a part of their service package or for a small fee. Spending the extra buck now can save you from a far bigger expensive affair in the future.