The thing about website security is that way too many business owners and web masters don’t give it a second thought until something goes wrong…horribly wrong.
Think you’re pretty well covered? Well, recent studies would seem to suggest otherwise as it’s estimated that no less than 85% of websites the world over are dangerously flawed when it comes to digital security.
One of the biggest problems is the shifting of blame – there’s always someone else in the picture whose responsibility it is to deal with security. Business owners blame their site designers, designers blame hosting companies and so on and so forth – none of which is in any way productive.
In any and all cases though, it’s in your best interests to look after your site and your data as it is YOU that will lose out if something untoward happens…as it well might.
Here’s a look at a few simple guidelines on the things you should be doing to look after your digital assets:
Backup…and Backup Again.
You know you should be backing up your files, but whacking them all on a single storage device and keeping it in a drawer at the office is a recipe for disaster. After all, what happens if the office is leveled by a disaster? You should be looking to keep at least two backups of all your website’s files and your important online data – one copy of which should be stored off-site and ideally a fair distance away.
Get Creative with Passwords.
Even today, people are still taking ridiculous chances with online security by using passwords that could easily be guessed in a day or so by an educated primate. Once a password has been identified, the perpetrator has unlimited access to your site and all that’s important to you. So once again the call is put out – get creative with your passwords, take them seriously and change them regularly!
Separate Accounts, Limited Access.
If your whole workforce uses the same username and password to log into the system, you stand an infinitely higher chance of these details falling into undesirable hands. Make sure that everyone has their own login credentials and don’t give administrator privileges to anyone that doesn’t need them day in and day out.
Use Only Secure Networks.
There’s no denying the appeal of heading out to a café and doing your work from pretty relaxed environment, but every time you access your website using a public connection, you’ve no idea who’s watching you and recording your online activities. It’s unlikely you’ll fall foul statistically, but if you only ever log on using a private and fully secured network, you reduce the risk to zero – the only acceptable risk level.
When your OS or antivirus software provider tells you there’s an update available, get it and use it! All manner of security flaws are found and fixed practically by the day, so if you want to stay one step ahead of the crooks that are out to get you, this is absolutely crucial.
Choose a Reputable Hosting Company.
Last up, be sure to only ever do business with a hosting company that’s proven itself to be one of the safest and most security-conscious on the market. After all, it’s all well and good doing your best to look after your online security interests only to have your hosting partner let you down in a big way!