Protecting your site from cybercrime
Is your website safe? What steps have you taken to protect it from cybercrime and how would your business cope if you were attacked?
Yes, there are 101 things to worry about when you’re running a business, from growing your customer base to making sure you put your contractors under contract. Unfortunately, the risk of cybercrime is one of those aspects of modern business that you can’t afford to ignore. To help you to protect yourself, here are four handy tips to keep your website safe
Stay up to date with cybersecurity news
Hackers are ingenious and are always coming up with new ways to attack websites, so the protection methods that worked a year ago may no longer be sufficient. Staying abreast of the latest threats is vital, so make sure that you or the person who handles your IT security take the time to read and update yourselves on the latest risks and how to avoid them.
Upgrade your Admin Login Page
The admin log-in area is your site’s most vulnerable spot when it comes to cyberattack, so it is important to take steps to protect it. One effective way to boost security is to choose a long password that includes alphabetical, numerical and special characters. It is also a good idea to set the log-in form to only allow a small number of attempts before the user is locked out, and you should also restrict the number of password resets.
Keep your software updated
Ensuring that your software is up to date is one of the most important aspects of website security. Many of the plug-ins and scripts that your site uses may be open source, which means that hackers can potentially find it easy to access. Hackers routinely use special software to search the web for sites that can be hacked. By updating your site software at the first opportunity, you will help to keep the risks to a minimum.
Use HTTPS not HTTP
Another method for boosting security is to ensure that your site uses HTTPS and not HTTP in its address. HTTPS is the protocol of choice for all sites where security is important because information exchanged via HTTP is not secure. It is particularly important for businesses that operate eCommerce stores to implement HTTPS to protect customers’ financial information. To use HTTPS on your site, you can purchase an SSL certificate, which is relatively inexpensive, and will give your website more credibility with potential customers.
Of course, there is more to website security than these four steps and there are many more ways to ensure that your site is protected from cybercrime. But by implementing these procedures you will be laying the foundations of website security, making it harder for hackers and cybercriminals to successfully attack your business, and providing reassurance for your customers that they can use your site safely.