When it comes to website security, many business owners and webmasters don’t take it seriously until something really bad happens. If your website data is being vulnerable, it is not only harmful to you, it also poses great risk to your users too. Especially if you are running an online business or eCommerce, when your website get defaced or hacked, it does not only tarnish your brand’s reputation, but it is also putting your customers private data at risk if they fall into the wrong hands.
Today, we’re going to share with you some of the most effective ways you can do to protect your website, your account and also your user’s data.
1. Use a really strong password
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times already, although this method is old, it’s gold. If you use a simple and easy password, it would take only a few minutes or even seconds for an experienced hacker to crack your password. Here’s some tips on password creation.
i) Don’t ever write your passwords on paper, books, walls or anywhere that’s visible. By writing it out physically, anyone can get your password when they have access to that physical item.
ii) Don’t be predictable. Do not use any family & friends names, social security number, ID number, phone number, your hobby or even anything you like. People can easily guess the password from your lifestyle.
iii) Combine numbers, small and big caps as well as symbols in your password. Make it at least 15 characters in total, or 8-12 characters if you really can’t memorize it.
iv) Don’t use the same password for every account. In the case your password get cracked, everything is now at risk.
v) Despite using a relatively strong password, you can still get hack if any of your devices are injected by virus or malware. So do a scan and cleanup regularly on all your devices.
vi) If you are accessing your account at a public computer, clear the browser cache, cookies and history once you’re done. Try to combine keyboard and on-screen keyboard while inputting your password as well.
2. Encrypt Your Website with SSL
This website security technology is being there for years and it’s also constantly improving to protect against newer abuses and hacking techniques.
However, as new eCommerce stores are popping up rapidly, many of these new website owners are not taking this extra precautions to protect their user’s data. This can really put their customers data at risk during any kind of data submission.
As a matter of fact, our website is now equipped with SSL everywhere, which means all our pages are served in HTTPS connection and not only during form submission and checkout. It’s proven to improve search engine ranking too.
3. Website Firewall & AntiVirus
Using an offsite Website Firewall & Anti Virus can be really helpful when you don’t have someone who has the expertise to take care of both your website and server at all time. Having this extra layer of protection can assist you in monitoring your website consistently for any attacks, hacks and malware.
DDoS, which is the most common attack on the internet, is an attempt to make a website unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. This attack can bring down your website and make it inaccessible in a matter of minutes. By having a website firewall as mentioned, you can prevent this attack and make sure you don’t lose out your business profit by having an inaccessible website, especially when it comes to eCommerce.
Getting a Website Firewall & Anti Virus is a cheap as RM119/month, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get one to protect your valuable website.
Do you check all items the list? Make sure you tighten your website security and also your devices TODAY for the sake of your business and your customers!