First off, I would like to thank Bek Davis for allowing me to guest post on her blog. She has been an incredible resource on marketing, monetizing, and building my blog and website. I highly recommend checking out her article on Why You Need to Have a Blog for Your Brand along with her incredible portfolio of website designs and graphics.
Now a website being hacked may seem like something that only happens to large scale websites that have something worth hacking. But, in actuality, large amounts of websites, big and small, are being hacked daily. Whether you have a simple website displaying your portfolio or a huge online business, it is not fun to be hacked. You put time and effort into creating your site, and should never have to deal with it being damaged or destroyed by hackers.
Thankfully, there are a few steps and actions you can take to help protect your website from internet spies and hackers.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi
Whether you are a frequenter of coffee shops or commonly use hotel Wi-Fi when traveling, public Wi-Fi may often seem like the most convenient and obvious choice. Although your public Wi-Fi network may seem safe, this can often be an illusion. Simply by being on the same network as someone, a hacker could potentially access any login information and spy on what you are doing. While there are other ways to prevent hackers from accessing your personal information, it is a smart idea to avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, especially when you are working with sensitive information.
Use a VPN
As much as we would like to avoid using public Wi-Fi, when working remotely or traveling on business trips, it can seem almost impossible to completely avoid potentially unsafe networks. A VPN, also known as a virtual private network, will encrypt the data you are receiving or sending. So even if someone is spying on a public Wi-Fi network, your information will be encrypted and protected. Not only will your login information be protected, but all of your online activity will also be hidden as well. At Secure Thoughts you can learn which VPN service is best for you depending on your location and level of security needed.
Use Security Plugins
Depending on how you are hosting your website, you may be able to easily add a few security plugins that can help give your site a little extra security and safety from hackers. However, always be careful and do your research before adding any plugins. Some plugins may cause more damage than help. But, after a little research, you can find plugins that can ensure password safety, fight against spam, protect against malicious URLs, and much more.
Keep Software Updated
Ensuring that your software is constantly updated when needed is immensely important when it comes to the security of your website. Software includes plugins, security and malware software, operating systems, and anything else that is used to run your website. Updates not only ensure you are using the highest quality software, but also help ensure that your software maintains the highest amount of security.
By using older versions of software, you become much more vulnerable to being hacked. New software is often created to fix bugs in older versions. Hackers can easily break into old software, as they may already know its vulnerabilities. It is a smart idea to make a habit of setting aside time to check if any of your software needs updates. However, before doing any updating always be sure to back-up your website. Some updates can occasionally cause sites to lose information, and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Use and Manage Quality Passwords
Using strong quality passwords may seem like a no brainer. Most of us know the importance of using passwords with a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. We know not to write our passwords down for spying eyes to find, and to not use the same password for everything. Even though we know these rules, with so many passwords we need to remember, it is easy to fall into bad patterns of using passwords that are poor but easy to remember.
Unfortunately, by falling into bad password habits we are opening ourselves up to the dangers of hackers. Poor passwords make it easy for dangerous hackers to find their way onto your website. Thankfully, there are new tools and resources out there to help make it easier to not only create strong passwords, but remember them as well. A personal favorite of many is Lastpass. Lastpass will help you create strong and complex passwords for each site. It then secures all your passwords in one place for you, and automatically fills in your passwords. It gives you the ability to create complex passwords without ever having to remember them. Lastpass is just one of many services out there that now make it much easier to maintain safe and secure passwords.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help keep your website secure and safe from hackers. It is easy to spend plenty of time creating and building an incredible website, but it is just as important to take steps to ensure that your sites information stays safe so that your website can continue to grow and thrive.
About the author:
This guest post was contributed by Caroline on behalf of Secure Thoughts, one of the best possible online sources for information regarding internet security.