The Case for Website Security
All websites are prone to security risks. So are the networks in which a web servers is connected. Setting aside any risks created by employee accidents, use, or abuse, your web server and the website presents your biggest security risks. Every site should have backup in case things go awry. Be sure to utilize these recommendations to improve your website security.
Keep Software Up-to-Date
Many website are built on CMS platforms that notify the administrator when updates are available. Updates are absolutely crucial to improving website security. A site that is neglected is one that is asking to be hacked.
We get it. Passwords can be downright annoying. How many characters did I use for this site? Did I use any special characters? Did I capitalize the letter X? It can be very frustrating trying to remember all the different passwords for various sites. There’s a method behind the madness though! Easy passwords are easy to hack. It’s good practice to always enforce strong passwords with administrators to prevent unauthorized access to your websites core files.
Use HTTPS for increased website security
Seems simple right? You wouldn’t believe how many websites don’t use SSL. Secure Sockets Layer (or SSL) is the standard website security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a website browser. The link ensures that all data passed from the server and browsers remain private and integral.
Website Security Tools
Malware and viruses are part of our digital world. Unfortunately, no website is completely immune from them. Hackers try their best to invade your website and steal critical information. There are several free and premium security options available such as Wordfence, iThemes, or Sucuri. These website security software continuously analyze the latest threats, develop new protection, add firewalls, malware scanner, and much more.
A website backup is the single greatest insurance plan any website owner can have to guard against disaster. Everyone knows the importance of backing up files on your computer, but many rarely think about backing up their website. Creating and storing website backups is one of the most important things you can do. A regularly performed and properly stored backup gives you the peace of mind you need in case of disaster.
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