Online security is in the news on a daily occurrence these days, from the major organisation hacks, through to security breaches that can lead to personal information being sold around the dark web, the year 2017 is potentially the year that people really started to take notice of how online security really does affect us all.
Of course, security threats have been around since the online world became popular, as where there is an opportunity, there will be someone waiting to take it, and whether that is a 17-year-old student sitting in his bedroom, or a whole country looking for vulnerabilities, without up to date online security then the danger is always going to risk becoming a major threat.
If you run or own a business then your website is at constant threat, there is no doubt about that, and you should never think you are too small or too unnoticeable to not be a target, as many of the threats are semi-automated and therefore will target any weakness, regardless of who the website belongs to. In fact, most major threats start with small websites and then grow and grow until they hit the big players, so an unsecure website could be the starting point to a major, online threat.
But fear not, here are our 5 simple tips to keep your website more secure.
Updated Website – Certain popular platforms like WordPress simply must be kept up to date, as failure to do so can leave vulnerabilities and weaknesses, which can allow hackers to hit your website easily. The reason these updates are released, like Windows updates, is to make sure that any issues found are fixed, and that any security loopholes are closed, so if you do not update, you are at major risk of being hit.
Secure Platform – Try to make sure you use a secure website platform, which a local web design company can help you with and can advise you on. Going for something like WordPress makes sense as it is open source and constantly patched and updated, but if you have something custom made and then the web design company or developers do not keep on top of things, you could be leaving yourself open to major issues.
Secure Hosting – Cheap, reseller hosting is ok if you choose the right hosting company, again, something a web design professional can help with, but generally, always make sure your website is hosted with secure, decent, reliable and reputable hosting, as if the hosting company leaves anything open, it will be exploited, 100% guaranteed. If you are going alone when finding your hosting, research as much as possible and read as many reviews as you can, as you need to make sure your hosts take security as seriously as you do.
Passwords And Access – One of the most common exploits is actually human error, and that is using really weak passwords, or sharing access to your website with people that have a lack of security when accessing it. Always make sure you choose a really strong password, consisting of a mixture of letters, numbers and characters, and always be so, so careful about who has access to your website and your account, as although they might be trustworthy, if they lack the basic security on their PC or laptop, your website could be at risk as well.
Be Sensible – And finally, use some common sense and be sensible about your own PC security. Make sure you have anti-virus installed, do not click on links that you think are dodgy and don’t access your website on non-secure computers. Common sense and basic security thinking really can help to keep your website secure, on top of all the things we mention above.