Your website is at risk of being hacked, what are you doing to mitigate this risk?
Unfortunately, security breaches happen to websites all of the time and they don’t just happen to small businesses without IT security teams, they happen to everyone. In the past few years the Summa Media team has seen quite a number of major, global brands deal with security breaches and the subsequent fallout. These brands are often equipped with teams of lawyers and experts to clean up the mess, but for small businesses a website security breach could mean the end of everything.
At Summa Media we know that website security can often feel like a complex and overwhelming concept, it can be intimidating to start protecting yourself and far too many business owners simply choose ignore the problem. This decision tends to come with an: “it’s not going to happen to me” attitude. This is the wrong attitude to have. If you have a website, you are at risk of being hacked, period.
Today, the Summa Media team is sharing some simple tips to help protect your website from vulnerabilities. Keep reading below to learn how you can start protecting yourself today.
Protecting Your Website From Vulnerabilities
Keep your software current
Keeping all software, platforms, scripts, and plug-ins current is important. Flaws in the security of popular software applications are easy targets for hackers. Failing to consistently update your software means that you are missing the updates that solve these security flaws.
Enforce a strong password policy
It is important to enforce a strong password policy throughout your entire organization, this applies not only to your website, but to employee emails, enterprise passwords, and other logins. To protect your organization from attacks, enforce a password policy that requires the use of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerals, and special characters. You should also require your employees change their password every 90 days.
Use SSL Encryption
SSL encryption allows sensitive user information such as credit card numbers, bank account details, and user addresses to be shared with your organization securely. When information entered on a page is encrypted, it is not able to be deciphered if intercepted by the wrong party. Your website login pages should be encrypted to protect your login information.
Choose a secure web hosting plan
When building your website do your due diligence and research secure web hosting companies. Make sure that the host you choose provides regular updates, security scans, and 24/7 technical support.
Secure your personal computer
That anti-virus update on your machine you keep ignoring? That is a major threat to your website’s security. Don’t let your personal device become the entry point for hackers. Keep the software and applications installed on your personal device up to date and secure. And always remember to lock your device and store it in a secure location when not in use.
Back up your data regularly
Although your hosting company will store your data, you should also maintain backups of all of your website files on a remote server. Your hosting company should provide you regular backups as well, but it is important to protect yourself from all sides.
Use tools to monitor security threats
Install security plugins and a firewall that help fight security threats to your website. These tools will help by consistently scanning your website for both web and sever vulnerabilities and alerting you to any threats. You should also run security checks anytime you make changes to your site in order to ensure that the changes did not create any security flaws.
Hire an IT security team
Web security and IT security as a whole are critical business functions. When you are first starting out you can likely take care of most things yourself, but as you grow your IT security becomes a complex web and you should consider hiring a team of experts. Having a dedicated team devoted to IT security will ensure that your website, data, and in-house files are fully protected and help bring you peace of mind as well.
Our intention with this article was not to scare you, but to open your eyes to the many potential threats to your website security. Protect yourself and your business by implementing the above advice today.
If you are a website security expert, the Summa Media team would love to hear from you. Share your website security tips with our team in the comments below!