We've all heard the phrase "protect your website," but do you actually understand how secure it is or how you can make it more secure? While content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Joomla have grown in popularity, company owners may now design and administer their websites without having a solid understanding of how to keep them secure.
We make sure that your websites are as secure as they can be when you build them with Diginow. To ensure that your website is protected round-the-clock, we employ a plugin security pro.
Although we are certain that the websites we have built and manage are safe, we have included some important advice for enhancing website security below.
1. Always update your software and plugins
Every day, an incredible number of websites are compromised by obsolete and unsafe software. Updates that are readily available to your website through a new plugin or CMS version should be applied as soon as possible because they almost certainly feature security improvements or fix vulnerabilities.
2. Install HTTPS and an SSL certificate.
Prior to anything else, you must have a secure URL when building a website. Your URL must be HTTPS, not HTTP, in order to provide a safe platform if website users offer to send you their personal information. An SSL Certificate is also required for your website in order to establish that secure connection (Secure Sockets Layer). During this transfer, personal data about website visitors is encrypted to prevent eavesdropping while being transmitted between the website and your database.
3. Always make a backup of your website.
A fantastic strategy to stay in the lead is to make sure you have a solid backup plan in place. Keep your website's data offsite and don't keep backups on the same server. Maintain a copy of your website on a hard drive or personal computer. The act of remembering to backup your data is another problem. Take advantage of a system that enables you to plan site backups.
4. Find out how to securely remove your sensitive data.
Lack of proper data destruction is a major error made by businesses. Consider hiring a data destruction provider, like DSA Connect, if you have sensitive data that needs to be securely destroyed. Using tools recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre, they offer a safe, ethical, and compliant option for retiring IT assets and sanitising data.
5. Control user access and permissions
Even though giving your staff access could be necessary, the more people you grant access to, the more likely it is that mistakes will be made or will be missed, which could pose a serious security risk. Every CMS user needs to be made aware of the significance of the aforementioned advice. You should keep a physical record of who has changed what on your website because employees come and leave.
6. Modifying the default CMS settings
Attacks on websites that are totally automated are the most frequent form. Before launching an attack, bots rely on users' default settings. After selecting your CMS, immediately alter the default parameters.
The amount of information to consider when making sure your website is secure may seem daunting. Hopefully, this has given you food for thought and the information you require to assist in protecting your website. Remember, we are always available to assist you if you are unsure. Contact us to secure your website. We'll help you evaluate the security of your website and get you back on track.
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