Secure your website in 2 easy steps

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Keys to Security
Keys to Security

Install SSL

  • Currently, website security, the standard security technology between a web server (and/or website) and an Internet Browser is an encrypted link established by SSL. When an SSL certificate is installed on a domain it is visible by the HTTPS:// instead of HTTP.  The added S indicates that the website is using something called Secure Socket Layer or SSL.
  • SSL in simple terms is a digital travel permit that guarantees the confidentially, authentication and integrity of website communication with any web browser.
  • SSL creates a secure encrypted connection between the browser you’re using and the web server your domain lives on.
  • SSL provides an element of security for your web site visitors as it encrypts entered data so it can be shared securely with other websites.

Besides encryption over the web, SSl establishes a trust between you and your customers.  When a web owner purchases an SSL security certificate the issuing agent verifies who you are.  And then there’s the browser police who will tell a visitor if the site is secure or not secure. 

Speaking of browsers, did you know not having an SSL certificate affects your SEO ranking. If you site is ranking not secure, give us a call.

Use Strong Passwords:

Do you login the back end of your website to update pictures and text?

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Do you login to your phone, your tablet and computer? 

And then there’s individual applications you might use, iTunes, your bank, grocery shopping, you doctor…  What do they all have in common? the transfer of information over the internet.

Make this connection more secure by using passwords that matter, passwords that are complicated and not easy to discern.   Some pointers on passwords:

  • Don’t reuse passwords
  • A different password for everything.
  • Don’t use patterns, like 1234
  • Use phrase passwords, not one word.  Turn this into a password like:  T@rnThi$288s
  • Size matters, make your passwords at least 12 characters, like my above example
  • Change your passwords every 3 months or so
  • Don’t write them down in plain sight or put them on an excel spread sheet on your computer.

And finally, make sure your web hoster scans your site for malware and viruses.   Verify there is a recovery process if your website is attacked and brought down.

And it doesn’t hurt to be proactive.  Make sure your plugin’s, if using WordPress, are up to date, check your website often for broken links and other issues.

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