Website Security Does Not Have to be Intimidating

The Internet has taken over our world. In fact, it’s hard to remember what life was like without it. It has changed the way we do business and having an online presence is an important key to success.

Recently I attended an art fair and found interest in a specific artist’s work. It was disappointing to find out that she didn’t even have a business card, let alone a website or blog. Her excuse…”I’m not technically savvy.” She gave me a phone number but I’m not likely to do business with her.

In some ways I can understand her position. Those who don’t show a propensity toward the Internet can easily become overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider when forming a website, the biggest issue being website security. IT language can be very complicated and difficult to understand for those who are not trained. But website security is vital, no matter who you are.

The purpose of this post is to give some basic tips that will hopefully make website security less intimidating and help you gain the confidence to build a secure website.

5 Website Security Basics

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Password Security

Password protection is the first step to website security. But just having a password, or even having one that is difficult to guess, is not enough. Difficult passwords are hard to remember and because of this, many people use the same password for every account they have. This approach makes you vulnerable to attacks. Once a hacker has your password, they have access to all of your accounts. That is a problem.

The key? Have a different, hard to guess, password for each account, then make a physical list of your websites and passwords. You can keep in in your office or even as a document on your computer. This will help you manage your passwords while still being secure.

Also, when you open accounts online, many companies will email you your login information. Make sure you delete these emails in case someone hacks into your email.

Avoid Default Settings

Whenever you set up a website with a Content Management System (CMS), such as Word Press, it comes with default settings. Default settings are easy for hackers to break. Make sure you use a username and secure password that will work for you.

Keep Your Site Up to Date

Hackers never rest and create new threats every day. An outdated system will leave you vulnerable. Make sure you do regular updates to ensure that you are protected. It’s a good idea to invest in a third-party scanner, such as Trust Guard, that will scan your website daily for vulnerabilities. An online search will allow you to compare companies.

Check Add-Ons for Continued Support

When working with a CMS website, add-on extensions, widgets and plugins all help to augment you website. If the developer does not support the program, your site could be vulnerable. In fact, many sites could be completely secure except for a faulty plugin, allowing hackers into the site.

Make a list of your plugins and check often with the developer site to make sure that they are still being supported. If not, search online and find a replacement plugin that will work for your site.

Perform Regular Back Ups of Your Site

It is important to make regular back ups of your site and content so that if an attack did occur, you could put the pieces together again without starting from scratch. Most CMS websites have automatic back up plugins installed to aid in that process.

Of course website security can get complicated, but these few steps will get you started with a secure website that you can build upon.

Do you have any other ideas that are important to basic website security? Leave a comment.

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