Whether you run a small travel blog or a busy business website it is vulnerable to cyber attacks. You might not think that it has anything to be hacked for but that doesn’t mean it cannot and will not be compromised at any time. Commonly, a hacker will glean access to your website to use the server for disingenuous purposes, which would have a whole raft of negative consequences for your website. Ensuring your website is secure is therefore a top priority and this article will help provide you with some simple tips to help keep it safe and secure from potential attacks.
A reputable host
Ensuring your website is hosted with a reputable hosting provider is a great first step to ensuring its security. They will be able to set you up with an SSL certificate, scan your website for malware and provide daily back ups to ensure you can restore your website should the worst happen. For more information on how a host can secure your website you can visit Nestify.
Keep software up to date
This applies for all types of online security as keeping your software up to date is one of the most simple and effective tools to protect your website. Updating your software applies to both the server operating system and any software or plug-ins you might be running on your website. Out of date software is more prone to security holes, which will be easy for hackers to exploit and abuse.
Check your passwords
You no doubt know the basics of password security. You know that they should be changed regularly, should not be easily identifiable and should use a mixture of letters, numbers, and special characters. Chances are you also know you should be using two-factor authentication. You know all this but do you do it? Make sure that you not only ensure your passwords are of the highest quality but that you are changing them regularly.
Check who has access to your site
Over time you may have granted other people access to your website. It could be that you have outsourced work or hired specialists to help you with aspects of your website and as such have had to grant them access or administrative privileges. It is therefore important that you revoke any unnecessary access on a regular basis to ensure your personal access is not left exposed.
Back-up your website
One of the best lines of defense when protecting your website is to make regular back-ups. When it comes to backing up your website you should always ensure that your back-ups are done on a different server to your website. It is also good practice to back-up your website onto a cloud system as this makes storing data easy and you can access it from anywhere. Finally, automate your back-ups to ensure they are done continuously and don’t forget to back up to back-ups.