In a slight deviation from the norm today, we’re going to focus on a topic that should concern all of us when conducting business online and that’s security.
Imagine if you woke up one morning only to find that your small business website had been hacked, and instead of its usual content there were spurious links to sites promising “genuine Rolex watches” or “genuine Ray Ban sunglasses”.
Many people wouldn’t even know where to start – especially if you had your website built for you and don’t get involved much with its maintenance.
One of the biggest problems with a hacked website is that Google might stop indexing it, and that means people won’t be able to find you in searches.
That’s why it’s so important to do the best you can to prevent security breaches and minimise your online risk.
Here are some basic tips to follow to help keep your small business website secure:
1. Keep Everything Up-to-date
If you use WordPress, make sure all your plugins are kept updated, as well as your actual WordPress installation and themes. The same goes for any antivirus software you have running on your computer.
2. Use Strong Passwords
Any password you use online should be difficult to guess and consist of numbers, lower and upper case letters, and symbols wherever possible. Never use simple words for your passwords – especially for your website logins.
3. Make Backups
Whether it’s the files on your computer or your entire website, it’s a good idea to back up as much as possible. At least then if a problem does occur you can get your site back up and running as soon as possible.
4. Utilise Security Plugins
WordPress-based websites can take advantage of all manner of security plugins. Some are designed to prevent brute-force attacks, while others can help you scan for malware.
5. Stay Informed
The latest virus threats are discussed online and more often than not talked about in the news. It’s a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse as much as possible and stay ahead of the game.