When it comes to website security, it’s okay if you’re not an expert. Running a business requires your full attention. Security is an ever-changing field, where continuous education is necessary; most people simply don’t have time to keep up with it. The good news is that Quest offers its clients robust website security support.
If you are going it alone however, you can’t just assume that your website is secure. If you haven’t done anything to beef up the security, it’s probably vulnerable for attacks. These are the steps you need to get done to improve your website security.
All Quest websites have SSL certificates. SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can access it. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to.
Choose a safe web hosting provider
Quest’s robust web hosting solution has up to date security on its servers, and our website clients benefit from those same levels of protection.
Update your software
Quest offers regular software updates as a standard feature of its website service and support . Any software you’re using on your website needs to be kept up to date. This includes WordPress and SilverStripe software, plugins and CMS.
Backup your website
All of Quest’s websites are backed up weekly to ensure the safety of your content. When it comes to securing your website, you should always prepare for the worst. Obviously, you never want to be in a situation where your website is compromised.
Use HTTPS protocol
If your website isn’t currently using HTTPS protocol, it needs to jump to the top of your priority list. This essentially tells your website visitors that they’re interacting with the proper server and nothing else can alter or intercept the content they’re viewing.
Change your password
Change your password! We can’t stress this enough. All too often people who have the same password for everything they own, and it’s something they’ve been using for years.
Secure your personal computer
Don’t allow your own devices to threaten your website. There is malware out there that injects malicious files into websites by stealing FTP logins.
Limit user access
Don’t blame yourself, but 95% of cyber security attacks are the result of human error. The best way to prevent this is to limit the number of humans who can make an error.
Restrict file uploads
Letting website visitors upload files to your website can be risky. That’s because any file could potentially contain a script that exploits vulnerabilities on your website when it’s executed on the server.