The implication of your website being hacked is not just one of inconvenience. It could result in a loss of revenue, damage to your reputation, GDPR breach, financial cost of restoring your site or a ransom payment.
There are over 30,000 website attacks each day with most breaches affecting small business. The image of a single person typing lines of code to hack a server we often see portrayed in movies is not the threat your website faces each day. It is in fact a bot or software program capable of processing thousands of transactions per minute.
To help minimise the chance of your website being hacked here is what we recommend.
An SSL Cert puts an additional layer of security on your website which helps protect all data stored within your website. It also provides encryption for data processed through your website. Visitors to your website will have the confidence that they are on a safe secure website which enhances your credibility and reputation.
Should you have multiple users editing your website for different reasons, maybe one doing the blog, one updating images and text or one updating stock, it’s important that you ensue that passwords are changed regularly. Different users will require different levels of access so it’s important that they don’t have full administrator rights. Each user having a defined role and responsibility makes management of your website easier and will reduce errors and mistakes.
Updates, updates and more updates. It is critically important that you ensure you have the most current and secure version of your CMS software. It the same way that you allow your pc to be updated regularly when you shut down each evening you need to ensure you have the latest version installed. Each new update from your CMS provider will include the most recent security patches and will help keep your website secure.
They say you get what you pay for and this is certainly true of website hosting plans. It is imperative that your website is hosted on a secure and responsive modern high speed server that will keep your website and its data secure. This particularly applies to larger websites and websites with full E-Commerce Solutions.
If you don’t have a backup solution in place for your website a website compromise or hack will result in you having no online presence and the financial burden of replacing the website. Having a backup service in place means you can restore your site to its most recent backed up version which in most cases is a maximum of a week old.
On a side note all of your critical data for your company should be backed up each and every day. It’s important to remember that while replacing machines, premises or members of staff can be problematic trying replace critical data lost is in most cases almost impossible.
For more information on how to keep your company’s critical data got to Image IT Group Backup Online or to request a Callback
For help on keeping your website secure contact the Innov8t team by requesting a callback