Website security is something that every business owner who has a website should be aware of. Your website is home to some important data and potentially access to your business! The reason your website is being attacked is for that data, so it’s definitely worth protecting your business and your customers information.
Here are some of Tepsi’s top tips on how to do just that!
KEEP ALL SOFTWARE UP TO DATE
The first step you should take to make sure you website is secure, is to keep your website software up to date. This goes for your computer’s operating system as well, you may be missing out on crucial security update packages from your computer manufacturer and website host.
If you’re using content management software such as WordPress or similar software, go on their respective website and make sure you are using the latest version of their software. This is one of the most important steps to protect your website.
“HTTPS” stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure”. This is a fancy way of saying that the transfer of information between your website and the server is secure. Most people are and should be wary of sharing any personal or financial information with websites that do not have the lock icon before the address of their website. It’s also worth noting that search engines like google will mark non HTTPS websites as insecure, causing people to leave your site.
To obtain this extra layer of security, you can purchase an SSL digital certificate from your website hosting provider or domain name registrar, this will cause the “HTTPS” to appear on your website link. This extra step will go a long way in giving the people who come to your website assurance that your website is secure.
That’s right… having multiple different usernames and passwords for all of your accounts may seem like a hassle, but it is extremely important to make sure your passwords are all different and complex. Your website passwords should be secure and different from passwords used on your other accounts. Do not underestimate the sophisticated software some hackers use and gain access because of simple passwords.
Make sure that everyone who has administrative access to your website also creates a secure password using a special mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. It is also beneficial to encourage strong passwords from all users on the website, not just the administrative ones.
BACKUP YOUR DATA
Your website data and other information should all be backed up in case you lose your data from a hacking attempt. Encrypting your back up data is just as important as encrypting your website.
This data will be your last resort when attempting to recover what you may have lost from a website hack. You can even set up backups to be done automatically instead of manually backing up data every day. Back ups are sometimes forgotten about until the need for a backup presents itself and by that time it’s too late.
LIMIT YOUR USER UPLOADS
By allowing users to upload files to your site, you are vulnerable to potential security risks such as malware, viruses, and other programs that can find their way into these files. There are some executable files that can make their way onto your site just by being previewed by your computer.
If you absolutely need to have the ability to upload on your website, speak with your website host regarding the technical aspect of storing files outside your root directory on your site.
CHANGE YOUR DEFAULTS
When first creating your webpage and related accounts to access that page, you are sometimes given default usernames, passwords, IDs, and other ways to access your site. It is important to change these as soon as possible.
Those default usernames and passwords can be easily found out by a simple search of the product you are using to create your site or provide security. Remember that your usernames and passwords should only be known by you.
As we previously mentioned, your website’s security is something that every business owner should be aware of in order to keep your information and data secure. Need assistance on how to ensure your website is secure? Call Tepsi at 570-476-4000 to speak with one of our Search Engine Optimization and Website Development specialists!