Your business or personal website could be in danger of hacking attempts and other cyberthreats. That’s why safety should always be your top priority when it comes to establishing a web presence. Safety first can help protect your business data, customer information, financial information, and so much more. However, learning to secure your information takes time for those who are new to the world of website security.
Cirrus Hosting is here to help you lock down your website from malicious attackers. We understand how important it is for your website to be truly secure, which is why we provide robust security systems to back you up. You can always learn more about our services by reaching out to one of our friendly customer service representatives or visiting our website. To help you get ahead of the game with your website security, here are some useful tips to remember.
Control Login Information Access
One of the best ways to limit the chances of a malicious attack causing you to lose precious data is by controlling user access to your website account. This means only sharing login info with members of your business who need it – those who will be updating your website, adding content, interacting with customers. Keeping access limited also makes it easier to track where something goes wrong if needed.
Furthermore, this means you should be wise about what password you choose. You can begin securing your website by choosing a strong password. Hackers can easily guess weak passwords and use hacking software to try multiple combinations at once. While it may be easier for you to remember your pet’s name or your date of birth, that can also make it simple for hackers to find out your login information and take over your website.
As a rule of thumb, you can make your password strong by adding a variety of characters, including lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Long password phrases are even better because you can find something easy for you to remember but harder to decipher. Using unique usernames instead of just your email also adds a layer of complexity and protection.
Update Your Website Security Systems
When you get a notification that it is time to update your web provider, do you ignore it? If so, you might want to make it a habit to click OK on updates when they pop up. Website updates make it harder for hackers to gain control of your information by adding the latest security software. This also means it’s a good idea to update systems on your browsers. Also, setting updates directly on your website can reduce the chances of cyberattacks.
You can also prevent hackers from infiltrating your website by updating your HTTPS settings. It’s a good idea to add encryption to your business site for security for both yourself and your consumers. This is especially crucial for e-commerce sites. You can do this by adding on a Secure Sockets Layer certificate from Cirrus Hosting. SSL certificates show up as the added letter ‘s’ on your webpage or show a lock symbol. This indicates to potential buyers that your site is safe, and can help you increase profits.
Add Dual-Factor Authentication
You can also add a dual-factor authentication system to your website for extra security. When you go to log in, you will be required to confirm your identity using another device or system such as your phone. Your confirmation might require a phone call, text message, or entering a one-time passcode for extra security. Banks and government agencies often employ these techniques, so they are already familiar to most users. There are many plugins you can choose from, including Google Authenticator, Shield WordPress Security, Wordfence Security, and Duo Two-Factor Authentication. It’s as simple as making an account and setting up the login systems.
Security Software and Data Backups for Website Security
Over time, your website will accumulate more important data. Blog content, images, and your users’ information can all be stored in the database. In the instance of a sudden data crash or breach, your data could be at risk. Automated data backups can help decrease the chances of losing critical data during crashes. Plus, data security policies can reduce the chances of these occurrences happening at all. Data restoration and backup procedures are integral aspects of a business operation.
Find a Trusted IT Systems Provider
Of course, one of the most important things you can do to ensure a secure website is to choose a trusted IT systems provider. Your provider should be able to give you the support you need to establish a strong business web presence. At Cirrus Hosting, we have the hardware, software, servers, and security systems you need for success. We have years of experience to back up our services and always put our clients’ needs first. Learn more today by visiting our website or giving our friendly experts a call at 1-877-624-7787.