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[ 29 February 2024 ]

Brendan Haggerty

7 Things You Should be Doing to Secure Your Website

Welcome, visitor, and have a seat (if you still need to sit down).

If you have a business, you probably have a website. If you don’t, you should read a different article first. No sense in studying home security systems if you live in your car. If you live in your car, you should stop reading this blog and figure out some other things.

Many intelligent, professional people with businesses, websites, and letters after their name do not have any website security. Why? Because why should they? No one would target their little insignificant website. Unfortunately, while a seemingly logical way of looking at it, it misses a bigger point.

Criminals rob convenience stores way more frequently than banks. Why? Because there are more of them, they generally have little in the way of sophisticated security. The clerk might have a gun (maybe), or there might be one out-of-focus camera pointed sort of cock-eyed at the door.

The truth is that your website is under constant attack. Most of it is dumb robots looking for a quick and easy entry, but sometimes it isn’t.

So, don’t let your website become the next internet meme because of a security breach!

Here’s a list of things you can do to keep your website secure:

  1. Keep your software updated. Your website’s software is your first line of defense, and old, outdated software is the first thing bad guys look for in a target.
  2. Use strong passwords. And no, “password123” doesn’t count as strong. Make your password as strong as your grandma’s meatloaf recipe.
  3. Backup, backup, backup. It’s like having a spare tire for your website. You never know when you’ll need it, but when you do, you’ll be glad it’s there.
  4. Lock down your login page. You don’t want just anyone walking into your website like it’s a free-for-all. Keep your login page secure, like Fort Knox.
  5. Use SSL certificates. It’s like a cloak of invisibility for your website’s sensitive information. Also, Google will penalize you for not having one. Even if there are no bad guys, the internet is going to judge you and judge you hard.
  6. Monitor your website’s traffic. It’s like being a vigilante, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity. Stay alert and stay secure.
  7. Hire a professional (points figure at myself). It’s like having a personal bodyguard for your website. It’s worth the investment.

So, what are you waiting for? Start securing your website today and become the talk of the internet for all the right reasons.