Secure Headers Test


Check if your site has secure headers to restrict browsers from running avoidable vulnerabilities.

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About HTTP Security Headers

Mitigate the security vulnerabilities by implementing necessary secure HTTP response headers in the web server, network device, etc.

Currently, it checks the following OWASP recommended headers.

  • HTTP Strict Transport Security
  • X-Frame-Options
  • X-Content-Type-Options
  • Content-Security-Policy
  • X-Permitted-Cross-Domain-Policies
  • Referrer-Policy
  • Clear-Site-Data
  • Cross-Origin-Embedder-Policy
  • Cross-Origin-Opener-Policy
  • Cross-Origin-Resource-Policy
  • Cache-Control

Wondering how to implement them?

You may refer HTTP header implementation guide to configure them in Nginx, Apache, IIS, CDN, etc.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What are HTTP security headers?

Several pieces of info a server transmits to a user's browser are known as HTTP Security Headers. By giving guidance on how to handle the page and its resources, it serves the main objective of strengthening web application security. Additionally, web developers must ensure they are correctly configured for outstanding protection.

How do HTTP security headers enhance website security?

To enhance your website, HTTP Security Headers transmit commands to a user's browser on how to handle the web page and its resources. It can create a more secure communication channel between your browser and the web server. Vulnerabilities like XSS and CSRF can be avoided.

Additionally, it can manage cross-origin resource sharing, control MIME types, enforce content security policies, and prevent clickjacking attacks.

What are some common mistakes or pitfalls to avoid when configuring HTTP security headers?

Whenever configuring HTTP security headers, be aware of these common avoidable steps:

  • Misconfiguration: A misconfiguration can lead to fundamental root failure, so take care of that!
  • Overly strict policies: To avoid obstructing proper actions, you must balance security and usability.
  • Lack of regular updates: Stay updated with evolving best practices to address new threats.
  • Inadequate testing: Thoroughly test the headers across browsers and platforms for functionality and compatibility using our tool, Secure Header Test, to ensure optimal performance.

For specific guidance on configuring headers, consult the documentation of your web server environment.

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