Did you know that a hacker attack occurs every 39 seconds in the United States? It’s scary to think that your business could be compromised at any point in time. Not only could this cost your company billions of dollars, but also it could negatively impact the relationships you have with customers and the reputation you have built over the years.
As technology gets better, hackers get smarter. Here are six ways to keep your website safe and secure in 2021.
1. Purchase an SSL Certificate
Most websites need an SSL certificate to protect the information they store. They are essential for ecommerce businesses because they’re accepting payment information, but even those that aren’t ecommerce should have one. This certificate protects sensitive information, improves consumer trust, affirms your business identity and even boosts rankings.
2. Use Anti-Malware Software
Anti-malware software should be installed on all computers. These programs protect your computers against unauthorized code or software that can threaten your operating system. As long as you keep this software updated, it works behind the scenes 24-hours a day to stop infections and ransomware.
3. Choose a Strong Password (and Change it Every 6 Months)
Weak passwords aren’t going to cut it anymore. Surprisingly, 25 percent of passwords can be hacked in just three seconds! If you’re running out of ideas for strong passwords, use a password generator instead. You can then use a password manager to store the passwords so you don’t forget them. Also be sure to change the passwords every six months.
4. Download a Security Plugin
Talk to your web developer about downloading a security plugin for your WordPress website. These plugins add a firewall to your website while also fighting spam, malware and other threats. If you don’t have a WP site, ask your web manager about other good security add-ons.
5. Limit User Access
Surprisingly, the majority of cyber security attacks happen from human error. That’s why it’s important for all employees to be well-educated on cybersecurity. Additionally, limit the number of users who can make a mistake. Not every employee needs full access to your website. And even for those who need access, we recommend limiting their permissions.
6. Run Regular Backups
If something does happen to your website, you’ll need to be prepared with a plan of action. This is why backing up your website is so important. If anything is compromised on your website, your life will be a lot easier if you have a backed up version to revert to. You won’t lose anything due to an attack, allowing you to keep your business running smoothly.
To make sure your website is safe and secure for 2021, contact Magna Technology today. Website security needs to be one of your top priorities, and we’ll ensure you have everything you need to be successful.