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Top 3 Security Measures Every Website Owner Should Implement

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Top 3 Security Measures Every Website Owner Should Implement

Here are some of the top security measures that EVERY website should implement.

· Security Zone ·
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Cybercrime is on the rise, and it’s our job to do something about it — everyone who works online risks seeing their hard work destroyed by a malicious scammer or hacker. According to the FBI, cybercrime resulted in a loss of 1.4 billion dollars in 2017 alone. Some of the data gathered in their crime reports should raise some red flags for people who own a website.

In 2017, the resulting losses were recorded:

  • 66.8 million dollar — Identity theft
  • 77.1 million dollars — Personal breach
  • 676.1 million dollars — Business/ personal email compromise

Every single one of these problems can potentially originate on your website. A cyber attack can be particularly dangerous if you own a small business. Research shows that 60 percent of small businesses shut down in less than six months after an attack. I want to offer our tips on how you can improve your website security. It’s important to note that there is never a 100 percent chance that you’ll never get hacked. Internet fraudsters are continually looking for new ways to game the system. The methods here are designed to help prevent an attack.

Install Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

One of the first ways you can boost your security up on your website is by using a secure sockets layer, or SSL. When your website communicates with users, data gets transmitted back and forth. As a result, it’s quite easy for a middle man to intercept this data during transmission. SSLs encrypt the data that gets transmitted between two devices, thus making it much harder to steal information.

It’s important to note that you need an SSL if you plan on running an e-commerce site or want to have any submission forms available to visitors. However, if you have a website that you’re using for work, or perhaps a site that you tinker with in your free time, it is susceptible to attack without a secure sockets layer.

Back Up Your Website

If you own and operate a website, you need an off-site backup to make sure you don’t lose any data in the event of a breach. You can quickly shut the site down, get the issue resolved, and restore your backup with ease.

There are a variety of security plugins and applications that allow you to back up your data to their secure server. If you are going to create a backup of your website, it’s a good idea to let the program or plugin automatically download multiple versions of your website over time. If things get bad, you’re going to want to have various backup options to choose from you can restore your site to the way it was before the security breach.

Use Two-Step Verification

Two-step verification is one of the best ways to keep your website and your users safe from hackers. Google popularized this system, and now, it’s the standard for most companies that work with computers.

The process can be completed in just a few minutes. First, you have to provide an email address or phone number that you want to use to verify your identity. You will get a few test emails to ensure that it’s working. After you have set up two-step verification, when you go to a password protected page and sign in, you’ll receive a text or email with a code in it that you must enter after your password.

It’s easy for someone to take over an account by hacking a password. However, two-step verification prevents them from logging in because they also need access to your email address or cell phone number.

Conclusion

There are countless scam artists and hackers out there looking to make a living off of your hard work. If you take precautions while creating your site, you can stop hackers in their tracks, keeping your customers, website, and data safe. Website security should be your number one priority when creating a new website, using a site for work, or even if you have a page that you work on as a hobby. There are plenty of other great ways to keep your site safe in the event of a cyber attack, but these tips will get you started and, hopefully, give you some peace of mind.

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ssl certificate ,security ,website backup ,plugins ,cybercrime

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