Common Sense Stuff for Website Protection
Are you a webmaster or you own a site? Well, chances are that you don’t think much about your site security. However, did you know that 90 percent of people whose sites have been hacked did not even know that they were hacked? This was confirmed by a study carried out by ZDNet.
These numbers are indeed very scary for you because when your site security is not foolproof, then you not only put yourself at risk but your customers as well. Their details will definitely land in the wrong hands, ultimately exposing them to the risk of identity theft. After that … who knows what will happen? Of course, it will not be very pleasant.
It does not matter whether you have experienced such a case before or not because a serious security breach can leave you struggling to rise up again. This is not only in the lost details, but recovering your reputation again, starting to win the trust of the customers all over again can be very disconcerting, and it will be too much work. You really don’t want that to happen. Most often, the breach is so big that you cannot recover again.
A very dire picture there indeed, but you know what? It need not happen because there are many ways for you to keep safe. You can do several things that will keep you ahead of the malicious hackers. Remember, vigilance is advised because online, you can never be too careful.
Steps for absolute security for your website
1. The very first thing that you ought to do is to find the best security software. Here, you will want to avoid the freebies because as they say, if it is free, it is most probably not worth having! Paid-for security software will give you real time vigilance and perform scans all the time. They have inbuilt actions that will take care of any anomalies detected.
2. You need to ensure proper management for your passwords. This preventive measure will keep you safe for many days. For example, you need to keep changing your passwords after every so long. The reason for this is that sometimes, malicious people will deploy spyware that can monitor the keystrokes as you enter your passwords and before you know it, you will have been hacked, that is, if you ever know it.
Make complex, yet easy to remember passwords. For example, avoid passwords that have letters only, your names, your family members’ names or your date of birth. Such are easy to guess. If you are smart, you will want to mix numbers, letters, punctuation marks into one password, making it very hard for anyone to guess. Ensure that all authorized people know who should modify or create new passwords.
3. So much for being secure… the last piece of advice is that you need a plan for crisis ready just in case a security breach does occur. First, identify all people who will be involved in the response to crisis, then create a good step-by-step plan that covers what you will do internally and externally to take care of the security problems. Let everyone who will be involved in the response plan have this guide.
You now know how to guard against a security breach for your site. Implement these tips today … its better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?