If you happen to be a business website owner, it’s critical that you take security measures to see that your site doesn’t get hacked or infected with malware. This should begin with the hosting company you choose. Some companies offer website hosting maintenance services that include security measures.
This is a good choice, because the average site owner, unless he or she happens to be in the business of website security, has no idea how to secure their website. And even if they did, the time and effort involved can be substantial. When you select the right hosting company you can entrust the task to experts in the field, freeing up your time and giving you peace of mind.
Anyone Can Get Hacked!
Now many site owners might be thinking at this point “Well, I don’t think this is going to happen to me. But even if it does, I’ll just get it fixed and everything will be back to normal.”
Unfortunately, this type of thinking is wrong on TWO counts!
First, the odds of your site getting hacked and/or infected with malware are much higher than you might think. Did you know that malware infects about 30,000 websites every single day? (BigDropInc.com). Do you really want to risk this happening to your website?
And if you think it’s just a simple fix, then think again. In some cases it can cost not hundreds, but thousands of dollars to recover a website that’s been hacked.
But there’s additional costs beyond monetary. If your site is infected, that can in turn infect the computers of your website’s visitors. Or, a hacker might redirect you domain to a pornographic site. How do you think that’s going to sit with your potential clients?
If You Choose to Do-It-Yourself
If you choose a “do-it-yourself” approach, here are some matters you need to attend to:
Routinely scan for malware
- Monitor your site for intrusion attempts, bots and crawlers, suspicious logins, and IP addresses.
- Have a firewall in place
- If you have a WordPress site be sure to continuously update to the latest version, and also update all your plugins regularly.
But if you’re like most business people, your area of expertise is that of your business, not website security. So it’s strongly recommended that you hire a knowledgeable person, or an entire staff, to keep your site secure. Or alternatively, host your site with a company that includes site security as a part of their hosting package.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
If any kind of personal information is sent through your website – credit card numbers, social security numbers, login credentials, names and addresses etc. – it’s critical that you get an SSL Certificate.
When information is sent over the Internet, it can easily be intercepted and read by a third party. But if you have an SSL, data is encrypted before being sent, and then unencrypted on being received by a legitimate party. Anyone intercepting the data in between will see only gibberish.
Hopefully you’re convinced of the importance of keeping your business website secure. Whatever method you choose, just implement the necessary measures now. Don’t put it off until it’s too late!