“It can’t happen to me” is how most website owners think of hacking attacks and computer viruses. But one thing is certain – website security matters. And literally any site, regardless of its size and niche, can be hit by various threats.
But even if you’re a complete beginner, you can successfully protect your web property. Just follow our straightforward tips on how to make your website secure, and do let us know if we could help in any other way!
Tip #1 – Update your site regularly
Whenever you get an “update available” notification, do not ignore it. As soon as you can, be sure to update and/or upgrade your site script, to fully enjoy the newest features. It’s indeed quick, but the vital step to website security. Keep in mind that the new version of your web script also fixes bugs and errors, which can improve your site’s performance.
Tip #2 – Keep your passwords strong and updated
To further enhance your website security, make sure all your passwords are strong. What does that mean? Well, avoid using your birth date, name and similar easy-to-guess words. Utilize the power of numbers, but also add special characters, including both lowercase and capital letters. Finally, remember to regularly change all passwords connected to your website’s services.
Tip #3 – Invest in privacy protection
When you’re buying a domain, most providers offer an additional layer of protection (some even offer it for free). So consider hiding your basic information, to prevent scam emails and other threats. Would you stand in the middle of the street, yelling out your personal, confidential data to everyone? You’ll agree there’s no reason to do the same online.
Tip #4 – Delete your site’s installation folder
Once your website is installed, set, and running, feel free to delete its installation folder. Besides the fact you won’t need it anymore, such a step actually adds to your site’s security. How? Well, hackers could remotely access your computer, run the file, and from there – gain control of your website. Therefore, either rename or delete the folder to stay safe.
Tip #5 – Make plugins work for, not against you
If neglected or poorly chosen, plugins could harm your site. But on the other side, a wise choice of plugins can add an important layer of security to your web property. Focus on those who boost the functionality of your site’s script, without burdening and slowing it down. Also, keep all of your plugins up-to-date and don’t hesitate to remove any suspicious ones. Better safe than sorry.
Tip #6 – Educate yourself on web security
Each day, hackers, spammers, and various scammers discover new ways to attack websites. Despite the fact we can’t control everything, there’s still a lot of steps we could take to protect ourselves. Do your best to read the leading tech blogs, learn all you can about new threats, and then focus on what you can do to secure your website.
Tip #7 – Use the SSL certificate
This one is crucial. Basically, your credit card information, usernames, passwords, and all other sensitive data should be hidden. And with an SSL certificate, your data becomes wonderfully encrypted. This means your information will be protected from malicious sources, and visible only to the server you’re communicating with at that very moment. So, make sure you’re conducting all confidential actions (purchasing, signing-up, and similar) with an SSL certificate in place!
Tip #8 – Stay in full control
It might seem easier to let others manage your web properties. But we warmly advise you to stay in complete control of your website in order to keep it secured. A third party, such as a marketing agency, should definitely have access to some parts of your site. As the owner though, make sure you’re the only person having a full access to an account.
Here are our top 8 tips on how to make your website secure in 2018 and beyond:
- Update your site regularly
- Keep your passwords strong and updated
- Invest in privacy protection
- Delete your site’s installation folder
- Make plugins work for, not against you
- Educate yourself on web security
- Use the SSL certificate
- Stay in full control of your account(s)
Hope these help, and now that you know the basics of website security, head to this page to fearlessly start building your own website!