Creating a more secure website

Posted May 8, 2020 549 views

I have set up my first website using Django with Postgres, Nginx, and Gunicorn on Ubuntu 18.04. I’m curious as to what further steps I could take to make my site more secure. For example how do I make my site HTTPS secure? I’m sorry if this is a dumb question. I’m pretty new at this.

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Hi @davidbommersbach,

Let’s start with HTTPS, as long as you have HTTPS and the green lock in your browser, it’s considered fine. Now, this is not a real security for your website. It’s more for the clients on it.

If you want to secure your Django website, you’ll need to look into a couple of areas like:

  • Cross site scripting (XSS)
  • Cross site request forgery (CSRF) protection
  • SQL injection protection
  • Clickjacking protection
  • Enforcing SSL/HTTPS
  • Host header validation

Those are the areas, I’ll recommend you to explore. There are plenty of good tutorials which will help you secure it. For starters, I’ll recommend checking out This One


  • Thanks for the reply! I’m going through the tutorial you linked above and it is very helpful.

    • I’m so glad to hear that! Let me know if you need more tutorials which you can read on.

      The basic approach would be getting each point and finding anything you can learn about it.