Website Security Best Practices
According to statistics there are over 500 million hacks per year. That is 1.5 million hacks per day. But what are they after? Many small business owners think they’re too small to be hacked. They have nothing worth stealing, they say. Here are some website security best practices. If you know the following, maybe you’ll think again:
- Hackers do not choose which websites to attack. They just attack. They attack just for the fun of it: look at clever me: Look at what I did! (just like an arsonist)
- If you sell anything on your website, they are after your clients’ credit cards
- They are also after personal information. ANY personal information. So they can steal an identity.
- They are after banking information: So they can use the credit cards
- Sometimes the hacking is specific: They redirect your contact us page to that of a competitor.
- They redirect a product buy now button to that of a competitor.
- They want to put malware on your site so the malware can spread via your site
Here are responses from small business owners on the reasons they were hacked:
As you can see from the data, the main reason was malice. They just did it because they could. And to show how clever they were.
Do you have nothing worth stealing? How much did your website cost you? How much will it cost to get it back?
How to Protect Your Website
You can see that you absolutely need to protect your website from these hackers. Here are a few best practices when it comes to website security:
Change Your Passwords
Your passwords cannot be something or someone close to you. A good password is made up of random letters, numbers and characters. Keep it in a secure place, not on a sticky note on your desk or in a diary. And change it often.
Have a Surveillance Team
Your website is your business’ identity online. It is your branding, it is your life, it is you. Your customers do business with you because they are attracted to your business’ identity and because they trust you. Your website is your online Real Estate. If a hacker puts malware on your site or maliciously redirect or deface your site, your customers will lose their trust in you and stop doing business with you. Then you will no longer have a business.
You therefore need to look at your online real estate as if it’s your physical business: You need to lock your doors to the hackers. If you don’t have any security, you have an open door and the hackers/thieves can walk right in. Most people secure their homes with alarms. They have a security company monitor the alarm. You need the same kind of security for your website.
Azgad Security is such an alarm. They have 24-hour surveillance on your website and they monitor what happens in real time. They stop the hackers in their tracks.
We hope that this changed your mind about website security best practices and that you see the importance of getting security for your website. Click here now to find out more: Azgad Security.