Your website is vulnerable to attack – and if this happens then you, your business and your customers will all be compromised. It’s a fact of life that there are people out there with questionable morals who will go out of their way to hack your website and use it for bad. Unfortunately it is never going to be possible for your website to be 100% secure, but there are things that you should be doing in order to keep yourself as safe as possible. Here are some.
All of your data needs to be regularly backed up. In the event of a hack you will be able to access previously saved information to make sure that your website is back up and running in no time at all. It is possible to get programs which will automatically back up all of your information regularly, or you can do it yourself manually. Failing to back up your information will put you at risk – don’t even consider not doing it. One day you’ll be glad you did!
Create Unhackable Passwords
Use passwords with lots of numbers, signs and symbols in order to make your website as unhackable as possible. Choosing guessable passwords leaves you open to all sorts of attacks, so don’t make it easy for them! The more complicated your password, the harder it will be to bypass, so even if it is a pain to remember it, make sure yours is safe enough. Write it down in several safe places so you never lose it. It should always be at least 8 characters and have a mixture of numbers and letters.
Antivirus is Essential
Beware that even the most complicated password is still hackable – with the advent of keylogging software hackers can record every single keystroke you make. This means they can be into the nuts and bolts of your website within seconds. Keylogging software can find its way onto your computer without you even knowing so you need powerful antivirus software to pick up and remove it immediately. Protect your computer to the hilt to minimise the risk of attack.
Less is More
Take anything off your website that you are not using. If you have disabled plug-ins, files or modules then remove them completely. Many people leave disabled information on their website out of sheer laziness. The less information you have on your website the better, so why leave yourself open to attack with things that you are not even using? This will save you server space too.
Get the Experts Involved
If your knowledge is limited then you need to seek advice from somebody who knows what they are doing. Ask a website expert to look at your site and tell you how secure it is. They will be able to spot the holes in your security immediately. Ask them how best to fix them, and follow their advice. They are the best people to speak to in order to make sure your risk of attack is as minimal as possible.
Today’s guest author, Jim Powell, is a software reviewer at Well Researched Reviews, a software reviewing firm. He is an animal lover and adores pet babies. He enjoys soft music in his spare time.