In 2022, Check Point Research Reported a 38% Increase of Global Cyberattacks. While email phishing is the biggest growing form of cyberattack, website hacking continues to be a huge issue. Many websites contain sensitive client data, particularly for ecommerce websites, so the last thing you need is a hack or cyberattack. If you own or manage a website and you haven’t given much thought to your security, it’s time you made this a priority.
Feeling insecure yet?
Don’t worry! Here are the 5 key areas you can and should take care of in 2023 to drastically reduce your chances of getting hacked.
1) get an ssl for your website
The first thing to check for on your website is if you currently have an SSL.
An SSL Certificate is an encryption that protects both the security of a website as well as the user. SSLs are generally a great thing to have and almost completely necessary for e-commerce websites. Many people have come to expect and value seeing the SSL badge, which is found at the start of the webpage URL. Another easy way for people to check if you have an SSL is to see if the URLs of your website pages start with ‘https’.
As well as providing security, Google will reward you for having an SSL through your SEO ranking. So if you want to be taken seriously, while protecting yourself and users, install an SSL certificate as soon as possible.
2) Password security
This one goes out to all the folks still rocking passwords like ‘password1’ and ‘1234’.
If your website is made with a CMS login, like WordPress, you can expect that hackers may try to access your website by attempting various passwords. Make sure you have a long and complicated password, using multiple character types. Modern hacking techniques will often involve ‘brute force attacks’. A ‘brute force attack’ is when software is used to repeatedly guess passwords. Don’t make it easy for them.
A great step you can take to ensure that websites are extra protected from the likes of ‘brute-force attacks’, is to install two-factor authentication (2fa). This means that after you punch in your initial password, you’ll receive a personalised, one-off code to your phone or email which will only grant you access.
3) use secure hosting
Not all hosting platforms are the same. The differences can vary from platform to platform, however you need to be aware if your website is run on a secure provider. Hackers tend to gravitate to websites that run on servers that do not dedicate sufficient attention to security.
Check online reviews and choose a hosting provider that focuses on security, who you feel you can count on.
4) update internal software
A website can eventually become a sitting target for hackers if you are not updating the internal software. Make sure to update themes and website plugins to ensure you’re working with the latest versions.
It’s also advisable to run a backup beforehand, just in case there are any hiccups with this process. Speaking of which;
5) backup your website
When was the last time you backed up your website? Does your hosting provider do automated backups?
It may not be fun, but it’s good for us to think of that worst case scenario from time to time. If you’re using some of or all of the above security techniques, it’s unlikely you will ever lose your website or have it corrupted to the point of no return.
There’s always a small possibility that your website could become corrupted or worse, as a result of a hacking or even your own mistakes. So the solution is to create backup files of your website. We recommend that you backup on a regular basis. If you have a large website, make sure to first take into account how you will store your backup and if you need to delete older backups to free up space.
Having a backup will mean that if all else fails, you have a complete file of your website safe, like a digital insurance policy!
Do you feel like you’ve learned something today but would like a helping hand when it comes to implementing these changes?
ITM Digital works every day on designing high quality websites for clients as well as keeping them secure. We offer all-inclusive website hosting and maintenance packages which provide our clients with thorough website security.
If you’re interested in getting some help with website security, backups or hosting then get in touch with our team of experts today!