Increasingly, most of our business is done online. Our business websites have become more vital to our businesses than our storefronts in a lot of cases, and just as you would invest in an alarm system to keep a business premises secure, it’s essential that you prioritize your website’s security.
There are a few simple measures that you can take to ensure that your website is as secure as possible.
Regularly update software and plugins
Software developers keep up to date with the latest cybersecurity threats and continually update the software and plugins that people run on their websites accordingly.
If you want to keep your website secure, it’s essential that you make it a priority to regularly update the software you are running on your website, as well as any plugins.
Before running any updates, make sure that you take a backup of your site and always test your site thoroughly afterward. Software updates can sometimes impact other areas of your site in ways that you wouldn’t expect, so it’s important to be careful.
Particularly if you are sending or receiving sensitive information such as bank details and customer information, it’s important to make sure that you have a secure web address with the prefix HTTPS.
HTTPS uses a secure encryption method to send a receive data, which means that it is safer from hackers or anyone else trying to steal your information.
For your website to be secure, you will also need an SSL certificate that keeps communication secure. You can usually download an SSL certificate through your web page builder.
It’s important that businesses regularly back up their web pages to ensure that if the worst were to happen and data were to be lost, the impact is managed because there is a backup to work from.
Your IT service provider will advise you on how to schedule backups and on extensive strategies for protecting yourself against cyber attacks.
Choose a secure host
Your website host is the place where all of the data on your website is stored, so it’s important that you use a reputable host who takes security seriously.
Some of the top-rated web hosts in terms of security are:
- WP Engine
Typically the most secure types of hosting are those with VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting plans or those with a dedicated server.
You should ensure that you have SSL certificates, CDNs (Content Delivery Networks), firewalls, and attack protections for all hosting types. If you are running an e-commerce business, you should also ensure that your host is PCI compliant.
If you have the most secure website in the world, but someone can easily guess your password – you’re in trouble!
Make sure that:
- You don’t use the same password in multiple places.
- Your password is made up of letters and numbers, using both uppercase and lowercase and including at least one special character.
- You don’t share passwords.