Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Guest Blog By Tech Desk
According to industry research, data breaches affected 36 billion records in the first half of 2020. As a business owner, you probably know how important it is to keep your website secure for the protection of your business and your customers. However, if you don't have a technical background, you may be nervous about your ability to do so. While website security can be a complex process, it doesn't have to be. Here are six simple ways you can make your website more secure for your business and your customers.
1. Hire a Professional
If you would rather let someone else deal with your website while you focus on your business, outsourcing your online security to a professional is a good option. Whether you want to hand over the entire design to someone else (such as The Wise Owl) or simply outsource the security functions, there is an option for you.
To have someone else manage all aspects of your website, contract with an online marketing firm or IT vendor. Meanwhile, if you just want to beef up the security, consider hiring freelance cybersecurity professionals. When choosing who to work with, evaluate customer reviews, stated delivery time, and price.
2. Update Your Software
Hackers look for security flaws in popular software packages and operating systems and learn how to exploit them. Meanwhile, software vendors are constantly working on patches to address any known security flaws. Keeping your software up to date is one of the best ways to lower the risk of your site being vulnerable because of a security flaw. Take advantage of automatic update functions to make this process easier.
3. Use SSL Encryption
SSL encryption makes it possible to transmit sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card information, and passwords through your website securely. Many web platforms come packaged with SSL encryption that can be enabled with a few clicks. Additionally, there are also third-party plugins available.
4. Declutter Your Site
The longer you use your site, the more applications, plugins, and databases you are likely to accumulate. Each of these items can be a possible way for hackers to break into your site. Periodically check for databases, files, and applications that you are no longer using and delete them. According to Extensis, this is easier to do if you keep your file structure organized so that you can easily track changes and remove old files.
5. Run Vulnerability Scans
Hackers are always finding new ways to break into systems. Never assume that your site is now secure and you don't have to think about it anymore. Regularly run scans for server and website vulnerabilities. You can find free tools on the internet, your web host may provide tools for you to use, or you can purchase security packages from software vendors. Whichever method you choose to pursue, it is a good idea to have a security professional audit your system at least once per year to look for flaws.
6. Use a Secure Host
It can be tempting to go with a host that offers the lowest price, but because security is so important, be careful to ensure the host you select offers robust security protection. Choose a host that is dedicated to keeping its client's data secure and that offers ongoing support.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be an IT expert to take steps to keep your website secure. Combine these simple procedures with outside help to shore up your site's security and get peace of mind for you and your business.