Whether you are a new entrepreneur or a seasoned small business owner, keeping your website safe should always be a top priority. One security breach could damage your brand’s reputation, erode customer trust, and cost you hundreds (or even thousands). Although it can be easy to get complacent in your security measures, now is the time to ensure that you have all essential protections in place. Here are some top tips for keeping your business’s website as safe and secure as possible.
Ensure you have a properly working SSL certificate.
For those who are unfamiliar with it, an SSL certificate is — in the simplest terms — what causes a web address to start with ‘https’ rather than ‘http.’ In practice, this certificate keeps your customers’ data secure and it is what prevents hackers from creating a pretend version of your website. Most internet users have come to recognize the ‘https’ at the beginning of web addresses as a sign that they will be protected on a website. This knowledge has become even more mainstream in recent years as leading browsers now flag websites without SSL certificates as not being secure.
If you are tech-savvy, there are tutorials online for purchasing and installing an SSL certificate. If you are not tech-savvy, do not attempt to set this up on your own. Doing this incorrectly can create massive issues with your website that are challenging (though possible) to reverse. You can contact Grepsoft if you need help setting one up.
Use a password that you don’t use for personal accounts.
One survey revealed that 53% of people admit to using the same password for all of their accounts. While this is not a wise move for your personal accounts, it is especially dangerous for your small business website. Even if you choose to use the same (or similar) passwords in your personal life, do not use any of these passwords — or variations of these passwords — for your account. If someone figures out your password for a social media site, a personal email, or even a subscription box account, they can easily try to use it on your business’s website account. Pick something completely original and store it in a secure location.
Do not share your website login with others — even with agencies.
A common practice nowadays is to hand over your username and password to agencies or freelancers who will be managing your website in some way. Whether you’ve been asked to give your account credentials to a graphic designer, a web designer, or a content creator, do not send them by email or text. Instead, grant trusted individuals access to your account in a secure way. Use platforms such as LastPass or grant limited access that you have full control over. Doing this prevents anyone from taking over your website and causing you to lose all access.
Hire a freelance cybersecurity professional.
Finally, if you want to get serious about preventing a damaging and costly cyber-attack, consider working with a freelance white hat hacker or cybersecurity professional. These professionals can protect you and your customers using the latest technology and software updates. If you’re not sure how to hire a freelance professional, visit one of the top freelance job platforms to weigh reviews, scheduling, and costs.
Keeping your website secure does not require a massive budget or tech-savvy. Instead, by using proven strategies and hiring trusted individuals to protect your website, you don’t have to fear some of today’s top cybersecurity threats
Article by: Cody McBride from TechDeck.info