3 Simple (And Necessary) Website Security Strategies to Implement

“Who am I?” you think.

“I’m just a small local business. What could a hacker possibly want with me?”

Well, 50,000 websites get hacked daily. And 43% of those hacks happen to small businesses.

I’m not trying to terrify you.

But it is important to understand the reality you live in.

Smart hackers know you think this way. So they try to catch you with your guard down.

Think of website security like driving on a busy highway knowing you can get in an accident at any time, and taking all reasonable measures so you don’t.

Nothing to be afraid of. But you’re wise to take the right actions.

How do you shut down hackers before they even start? Believe it or not, it’s not actually that hard:

1. Use HTTPS and SSL

Google actually rewards websites that use HTTPS with higher rankings. HTTPS simply tells your visitors they’re interacting with the right server.

Plus, users expect to see it. So you make them more comfortable and willing to stay longer when they see https:// before your website’s address.

SSL encrypts the information transferred between users’ web browsers and your server. So if they purchase from you online, their credit card info isn’t readily visible to hackers.

You just have to use both today. No question about it.

2. Use a Password Manager

Do you use the same password for everything? This used to be somewhat okay when hackers were less sophisticated like 10-15 years ago.

Today, it’s a no-no.

And the same goes for sharing passwords, credit card info, or banking info via email.

LastPass (and dozens of other password managers just like it) are free. They create and store all your passwords in their securely encrypted app

For example, you can create a 25-character password with letters, numbers, and symbols.

Good luck to any hackers trying to crack that!

Plus, LastPass automatically enters your username and password for you at login screens. So, you simply click a button and login with a uniquely created password.

You only have to remember your password for LastPass. That’s it.

Plus, you can share your password with other LastPass users. It’s free to store and send passwords (with some paid features too), so there’s no reason not to use it.

3. Always Have a Backup

Your website should always have a backup in place, just in case the worst happens.

Better to be out of operations for a day or two while you get back online than to have everything stolen and have to rebuild from scratch.

Regardless of the CMS or hosting service you use, they have low-cost backup options available.

You may want to pay more for better functionality. But you can certainly get a backup in place at an easily affordable cost.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

There’s more to website security than those things. But if you implement them, you cut off most of the major avenues hackers may take.

And best of all?

They don’t take a lot of time or money!

Here’s to your safety in 2019 and beyond.

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