Your website is one of your most important business assets. With today’s interest-driven culture, a majority of your current and future customers use your website to learn more about your company and the solutions you provide. While many business owners have come to realize the importance of having a web presence, many have neglected website security.
What’s worse is many site owners have no idea that malware or spam was added to their site. Having a compromised website impacts your users, your business, and your marketing efforts. For business owners, big or small, having your website hacked can pose huge issues.
For e-commerce sites, not having the right security can compromise your customers’ precious personal data – credit cards, pins and passwords. For other sites, malware can be added that will place hidden links on your site or even cause redirects of your domain to “less than desirable” places. If you are investing in marketing your business online, making sure your site is protected is essential to getting the best results.
How Can You Protect Yourself
There are a number of things every website owner should do in order to protect their site from exposure. Many business owners know they need to beef up security but just can’t find the time. This is why we add maintenance and security to every site we work on.
Here are 6 things you must do to keep your site protected:
Make sure you know what the threats are and what they are targeting. We know this can be too much work for you, but we are here to do the work for you.
Strengthen Access Control
Make sure all usernames and passwords cannot be guessed. Also, change the default database prefix from “wp_” to something random and harder to guess.
Make sure you have the current version of your CMS (WordPress) and plugins. Always check for new updates.
Tighten Network Security
Office computers may be inadvertently providing an easy access route to your website servers. So ensure that,
- Logins expire after a short period of inactivity.
- Passwords are changed frequently.
- Passwords are strong and NEVER written down
- All devices plugged into the network are scanned for malware each time they are attached.
- All computers have an antivirus.
- Your business emails have an email security
Hide Admin Pages
You should never have your admin pages indexed. Use the robots_txt file to discourage search engines from listing them.
Use an encrypted SSL protocol to transfer users’ personal information between the website and your database.
We understand that you might not know how to execute any of the above. Crystal Technologies are experts when it comes to website design, development and security. Give us a call, we will guide you on how best to ensure your precious website is safe and secure from any cyber threat or attack.