7 Ways to Increase Your Website Security
Sometimes the best methods to tackle any tasks are the simplest ones. You know that you need to keep your website safe from the bad guys, but once you venture down the rabbit hole of website vulnerabilities you will be faced with complex concepts and convoluted solutions. Still, there are basic best practices to follow for improving your website’s security. Presented by Starr Taxman, here are seven essential things that you can do to safeguard your website right now.
KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP-TO-DATE
It is crucial to keep all platforms or scripts you’ve installed up-to-date. Hackers aggressively target security flaws in popular web software, and the programs need to be updated to patch security holes. It is important to maintain and update every software product you use.
ENCRYPT YOUR LOGIN PAGES
Use SSL encryption on your login pages. SSL encryption appears as a green lock next to your URL domain. SSL allows sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and login credentials to be transmitted as securely as possible in today’s technological age. Information entered on a page is encrypted so that it’s meaningless to any third party who might intercept it. This helps to prevent hackers from accessing your login credentials and other private data. Definite Possibilities automatically includes SSL with all website development.
USE A SECURE HOST
Choosing a secure and reputable web hosting company is very important to your website security. Make sure the host you choose is aware of threats and is devoted to keeping your website secure. Your host should also back up your data DAILY to a remote server and make it easy to restore just in case your site is hacked. Choose a host who offers ongoing technical support whenever necessary. Definite Possibilities provides Secure Hosting and Designated Hosting services AND we have your ‘Backup”.
KEEP YOUR WEBSITE CLEAN
Every database, application, or plugin on your website is another possible point of entry for hackers. Delete any files, databases, or applications from your website that are no longer used. Keep your file structure organized to keep track of changes and make it easier to delete old files. With Definite Possibilities’ website management WE make sure your site is always clean!
BACKUP YOUR DATA
Back up your site regularly. You should maintain backups of all of your website files in case your site becomes inaccessible or your data is lost. Your web host provider should provide backups of their own servers, but you should still backup your files regularly. Some content management programs have plugins or extensions that can automatically back up your site and you should also be able to back up databases and content manually. Definite Possibilities always has your ‘Back-up”.
SCAN YOUR WEBSITE FOR VULNERABILITIES
It is important to regularly perform web security scans to check for website and server vulnerabilities. Web security scans should be performed on a schedule, and after any change or addition to your web components. Hiring Definite Possibilities means our security scans on your website will not only provide an in-depth review of your website but also we will close the door to vulnerabilities.