A safe website? That is what all website owners long for, is not it? Safety is one of the most important parts of your website. Unfortunately, people tend to underestimate website safety still. ACTIVE 24 comes along with 10 tips to get yourself a safe website.
How safe is your website? "Safe enough" according to many website owners. However, many websites of small and medium enterprises are more unsure than its owners think. (Norton, 2016)
TIP 1: Website update
Do you manage your website yourself? Update your website regularly.
Outdated software is hacker sensitive. With regular updates you make sure vulnerabilities are closed.
- Check update notifications in your backend system (e.g. code and bugs)
- Update your Content Management System (CMS ) software
- Update your website plugins
Tip 2: SSL-Certificate
Use a SSL-Certificate.
Many websites are unsecured. Nevertheless, you can easily secure your site with an SSL certificate. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. You can identify secure Web sites on the green padlock for the URL. The security certificate is used among other things for secure payment transactions, data, and logins. An SSL Certificate not only creates trust with your website visitors but showing to search engines - like Google that you care about online security.
With an SSL certificate can include sending data encrypted data in a secure manner over the Internet to the recipient. This prevents your valuable web data can be stolen by cybercriminals and hackers. SSL is therefore not only important for websites and web shops with sensitive information, but for all websites.
ACTIVE 24 currently implements SSL-certificates on all of her Linux servers. All our customers with a Linux hostingpackage will freely make use of this safe website connection. In this way, ACTIVE 24 helps your website, blog or web shop to stay safe and reliable.
Tip 3: Check website safety
Check your website safety with Google.
- Open a webbrowser and type in www.google.co.uk/.
- Delete Google.co.uk behind the "="-sign in the search bar.
- Fill in your website name. E.g. www.domainname.co.uk
- Click "Enter" to see if your website is safe.
TIP 4: Username
Do not use a default username
Is your username "admin" or "login"?
Not smart! These are cracking sensitive user names.
- Log in to your CMS, for example WordPress or Joomla
- Change the default username.
- Select a non-obvious name that you can remember.
TIP 5: Strong Password
Provide a strong password.
TIP: Automatically generate a secure password via the 24 ACTIVE Customer Center.
- At least eight characters, letters, numbers and punctuation marks.
- Do not use real words, names or dates of birth.
- Use a password for each account. Not the same everywhere!
- Change your password every month.
- Keep your passwords in a safe place. Not on a Word-file on your computer.
- Just log in via your own personal computer. not through public networks ("WiFi hotspots") or shared computers.
- Completely close the Web browser.
- Do not forget to log out.
Tip 6: Login Attempts
Limit login attempts
However strong your password is if a cybercriminal or hacker is trying all possible combinations using a special program this person sooner or later will have access to your critical data. Therefore, take intrusion prevention measures for your website.
- Limit the number of allowed login attempts.
- After these attempts will block the particular IP address.
- This will prevent access to hackers and other cyber criminals to your website.
TIP 7: Backup
There can always be something wrong with your website.
Technology is not infallible.
- Make sure you always have an up-to-date backup on hand.
- Regularly back up. At least 1 x month.
- Scan any backup on Malware.
- Using different scanners.
- Keep multiple backups from different times in multiple locations.
- Also make a separate backup of your SQL database.
Tip 8: Scanning your Website
Scan your website regularly.
- Scan your website files for suspicious files.
- Use different anti-virus scanners.
Tip 9: Additional safety
Each CMS system has specific security plugins.
- A WordPress website? Install the WordFence plugin.
- A Joomla! website? Search security in the extensions directory.
Tip 10: Web developments
Follow software developments closely.
- Keep specific information about WordPress, Joomla CMS.
- Use the active community.
- Check the support and documentation section of your CMS regularly.
- Learn about updates, versions, patches, and security vulnerabilities.
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