As a business owner the risks of your website being hacked are very real and considering that website and cyber-attacks are on the increase, the importance of ensuring that your site is secure is of paramount importance.
WHY IS WEBSITE SECURITY IMPORTANT?
Your database is at risk which in turn means that your customer’s personal information is at risk. Your site will be blacklisted which will result in downtime. This, in turn, leads to a drop in revenue and last but not least, damage to your reputation.
In today’s modern age it’s clear that no website means you’re missing out on opportunities for customers to identify who you are and whether or not they want to spend their money with you.
WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WEBSITE / WEB APPLICATION SECURITY?
This is the process of ensuring that online data is secured from unauthorised access and modification. The purpose of this security software is to identify the following:
- Risk analysis of data exposure
- Access to data
- Level of access provided to each user
- Any existing vulnerabilities
- Appropriate measures for remediation
WHAT IS MALWARE?
A typical definition of malware is software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage or gain access to a computer system. Basically, software that has intentionally been written to harm devices, data and people, is considered malware.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ENSURE YOUR WEBSITE IS SECURE?
BE SURE TO USE A SECURE HOSTING COMPANY
Choosing a Hosting company that is secure and reputable is vital for your website. The Hosting provider should be knowledgeable with regards to security issues and offer technical support when necessary.
BACKUP YOUR DATA
Regular backups of your website are necessary to ensure that you always have access to information should your site be inaccessible.
Always use a strong password. Your password should be complex. It should be at least 10 characters long and should contain both upper and lower case letters, numerals and special characters. Adopting a strong password policy which is maintained throughout your business is also highly recommended.
It is vital to maintain and update all software products used. Hackers often make use of sophisticated software to exploit any security flaws and keeping your software up to date will ensure that any weaknesses can be patched.
REGULAR SITE SCANS
Security scans should be performed regularly and especially after any changes to your site have been. It is important to remember that available free software will not detect all security weaknesses and it is always prudent to obtain the services of a professional. Your Hosting provider can also be of assistance in this regard.
MAINTAIN A SIMPLE AND CLEAN WEBSITE
Although a flashy website with loads of images and tools appeals to many, it is important to know that additional plugins, databases and applications are all possible soft spots for hackers. Any databases, files or applications that are no longer in use should be deleted.
ENCRYPT YOUR LOGIN PAGES
This will help to prevent hackers from accessing your log in details and other private data.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SITE SECURITY?
Hosting companies provide server-side security which means that they ensure that the servers your sites are housed on are safe. Website security, however, is your responsibility.
As daunting as all this may sound there are many resources to assist with site security and hack removal. Remember your hosting company is also available and willing to assist with any questions/issues regarding site security.
It’s that time of the year again and before you all sign off for the merry season we wanted to take a moment to let you know how important you are to us.
Not only have we grown in membership but also as a company. Our relationship with many of you has blossomed into treasured friendships and partnerships that would not have been possible if not for your continued support.
At Padroni Web Hosting it has always been our pleasure to ensure that our customers are well taken care of. Quality and customer service are what distinguish us from others. We have always tried to exceed our customer expectations and meet their requirements and promise to continue to do so throughout your time with us.
We are confident that that next year will bring much joy and prosperity to all of you all and look forward to continuing the journey with you in 2019.
So from our family to you and yours, Merry Christmas.