Six Things You Need to do to Keep Your Website Secure
As a website owner, there is nothing more terrifying than the thought of seeing all of your work altered or your website entirely wiped out by a hacker.
Forbes recently reported that it is estimated that nearly 30,000 websites are infected with some type of malware each and every day.
There is a common misconception that hackers target only large companies, but this is not the case at all.
Most of the businesses that are affected by hackers are small businesses and you definitely don’t want your business to become another hacking statistic. Hackers target anything online: Personal blogs, company websites and large news sites are just a few examples of the things hackers can target.
According to CBS News “In a recent survey it was reported that 80 percent of all businesses suffered some sort of computer hack over the past 12 months.”
When cyber-attackers see a potential target, they will do anything to capitalize on the opportunity to strike by doing things like spreading malicious software or stealing information. So many businesses are ruined as a result.
The point of this article is not to scare you.
You’ve worked hard on your website, and your brand, so it makes sense to spend a bit of time to protect your online business with these basic hacking protections!
Is your website secure? If your answer to this question is “maybe” or “don’t know”, then there’s a strong chance it isn’t.
And even if you answered “yes”, it’s still worth double-checking to make sure, especially as many people don’t fully understand everything they need to do to keep their site safe.
In order to ensure your website is secure, you’ll need to take some simple, but crucial security measures. In addition to regularly backing up your files (which you should already be doing, for various reasons), taking the following six easy steps will help keep your website safe and give you maximum protection:
- Make sure that your passwords are secure
This might seem obvious and simple, but password protection is very important.
It’s tempting to go with a password you know will always be easy for you to remember. That’s why the #1 most common password is still 123456. You have to do better than that – a lot better than that.
If someone seeking to do you harm knows or discovers your password, then your website could be in big trouble. Here’s what you need to do.
1) Use long, complex passwords where possible – long passwords are harder to hack.
2) Use a different password on every service you use – if all your passwords are the same, one hack gives access to everything.
3) Only share passwords with those who need them – the more people who know a password, the lass secure it is.
4) Change passwords on a regular basis – if your password is compromised, you might not know straight away. Regular changes mean you won’t be stuck with a compromised password.
One weak password within your team can make your whole website more vulnerable, so set expectations with everyone who has access and hold yourself to the same high standard.
- Install antivirus software on your computer
If your computer has a virus, and you then use it to access your website, there’s a chance that your website will become compromised.
Hackers can use key-logging software to monitor what you type, so if an infected computer is used to log in to your business website, the hackers will see your username and password.
Even a free antivirus package is better than nothing, but if you value your business, you may want to consider the extra piece of mind that comes with a paid-for package.
- Keep WordPress (and everything on it) up to date
Millions of websites are powered by WordPress, so it makes sense to pay special attention it.
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