Is My Website Secure

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Is my website secure? Good question. Mine personally? Yes, I believe. At least I’ve done as many steps as possible to improve my overall security. You?

What protocols have you followed? What steps have you taken to reduce the chance of someone hacking your site?

Operative words are “to reduce the chance.” Because if someone wants in badly enough. Sorry to say, they’re getting in.

Is My Website Secure

Remember LifeLock? The CEO proclaimed how secure his company was.  And then this, LifeLock CEO’s Identity Stolen 13 Times.

So before we go through steps you can take to improve your overall security let’s be clear. In today’s environment there is likely nothing as guaranteed security. But that does not mean you are helpless. Anything but.

What it means, is you can make it a lot harder for someone to access your site illegally. Here are a few steps that can greatly improve your website security.

Software Updates

Software updates are constantly being pushed out to address the latest security threat. Vulnerabilities that have been exploited to gain illegal access to a site. As soon as they come out, you need to update immediately.

You cannot wait and update once a month for example. You need to check daily.

The same goes with plugins or other applications made by third parties. As soon as updates are released, push them live.

Malware Scan

Malicious software, aka malware is software with one purpose, to damage or disable whatever it infects.  An excerpt from Norton, What Is Malware is below.

“It’s designed specifically to make its way onto your device i.e. your desktop, phone, or tablet and to manipulate and/or damage them. On top of that, malware can also record and steal your information like credit card account details. Scary stuff!

So what are the different types out there? Well, we have the previously mentioned viruses, but also worms, Trojans, bots, spyware, Adware, and ransomware (that one sounds particularly creepy). Basically there’s enough to give you a headache.”

Login Credentials

To access one’s site, three things are required. The login address, the username and the password.

In the case of WordPress for example, the login address is common knowledge. And since 30% of websites run on WP, that right there is a big vulnerability. So first things first, hide the address of your login.

Credentials come next, username and password. Most of us (self included) have a difficult time remembering passwords. So we either keep them as simple as possible or worse, use the same ones for everything.

Today most websites force more secure login credentials. At least passwords. A mix of alphanumeric, upper and lower case and even symbols. As frustrating as that can be, it helps.

Conclusion

The above is just a brief overview of the steps you should take to improve your security. Or should I say lower the probability of someone illegally gaining access.

But you need to be vigilant. You need to check daily. Push out software updates. Make sure malware scans come back clean. And keep your login credentials safe, secure and something other than the name of your dog or spouse’s name.

Need Help

Need help monitoring your website security? Check out our Website Monitoring Service, currently available for WordPress.

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