5 Ways To Keep Your Website Secure
Keeping your website safe a secure is imperative for both your website and the security of your visitors. Your physical premises will contain doors and locks to prevent people with malicious intent from entering and causing damage or obtaining your data and information. A website is your online presence and should be treated in the same manner. Digital thieves are invisible and fast, and that is why you need to ensure your security is up to par. Proper online security will allow you to prevent “hackers” from entering your online domain or in the worst case, catching them doing so.
Theft won’t be the only thing on the mind of hackers; sheer destruction is a primary motivator. Hackers may want to destroy all your records or leave a sick message for your customers to see and ruin your reputation. Here are five ways to keep your site secure.
1. Use SSL
Use an encrypted SSL protocol to transfer personal information from the front end of your website to the database. This will encrypt the information meaning it can’t be intercepted in the process. This is especially important for any personal information such as logins, financial data and personal information that may be transmitted on your website.
2. Tighten Access Control
The admin level of a website is the easiest way to gain access and cause havoc. There are a few steps you can take to ensure gaining that access isn’t easy for potential hackers. Enforce usernames and passwords that are hard to guess and contain random characters. Limit the number of login attempts before requiring a password change. Never send login details via email, there is also a good chance your emails could be compromised, and you have given easy access for potential people looking to cause harm.
3. Update, update, update
Whether your website is built on WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or Magento, these platforms push out updates regularly and a lot of the time will contain updates to patch security issues. Once these updates are pushed and available for your website they should be done ASAP. The longer you leave these updates, the longer you will be exposed to potential threats.
4. Backup Frequently
Just in case the worst happens, keep everything backed up. Backups should be done at least daily if not hourly or as changes are made. Backups should be on-site as well as off-site.
5. Sensible User Access
At the bank they won’t give the janitor the keys to the bank, so why would you give one of your copywriters’ access to the admin panel? This can prevent any attacks on your website or servers from a disgruntled employee or internal worker. Admin rights should only be given to those who require it. Another benefit to allowing limited access to the people that need it minimises the risk of any accidental errors that cause damage to your website
Applying these tips will help to ensure your website is more secure from an internal and external point of view. If you would like to know more about how your website and infrastructure can be kept more secure, book a call with one of our consultants below.