5 Tips For Keeping Your Website Safe & Secure
1. Backup your website
This is the very base I recommend from everyone. What happens if something corrupts your website? What happens if someone exploits a vulnerability? Do you just start from square one and pay for it all again?
I can’t recommend enough that you make sure daily backups of your website and its contents are completed, and periodically tested to make sure they actually work.
2. Update your software & themes
If you use a Content Management System (CMS) like I do for all my websites, it should prompt you to do the updates every time you even glance at your dashboard.
DO THE UPDATES. It takes less than 5 minutes in most cases, even for seriously complex websites.
There’s a reason that the creator of that piece of software/plugin/theme has spent time releasing a new version and if you don’t install it you’re leaving yourself open to a whole world of hurt – even if you have a backup.
3. Ensure your website connects over SSL with a valid certificate.
SSL is a bit of a technical term so without getting overly technical, it basically means that the device you’re browsing the internet on and the page you’re interacting with are transferring data in a secure manner.
You can spot websites that are secure by looking to the top left of your browser for a little padlock sign. If that website isn’t displaying a padlock – it’s probably displaying a warning sign because technically the data being transferred isn’t encrypted and can be hijacked.
4. It's basic - but use different passwords!
I know everyone knows this already, but the amount of people who don’t actually use a different password (at least for important things) is absolutely incredible.
To help with this – use a password management tool! A quick Google search will show a bunch of great ones that are free.
You’ll thank me later when whatever website you’ve signed up to about 4 years ago gets hacked and your password’s leaked.
5. Hire a professional
I have a support package designed exactly to do the above. If you’re too busy running your business to make sure that your backups are running properly, that your updates are all done, your SSL certificate hasn’t expired or that basic maintenance of your website isn’t being done – use me!
In fact, I could count on one hand the customers I do have that don’t have a support plan from me. It’s not worth investing in a website only to let it waste away!