These days, security is one of the most important things to consider when building or maintaining your website. Even a small attack on a website can lead to massive amounts of damage, both monetary and physical. Protecting from this damage is something that all businesses must focus on regardless of their size, industry or content.
One of the easiest things you can do to protect your website, yourself, and your users, is to install an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the first part of your url at the top of your web page. If there is an ‘S’ on the end, then that means your website is protected with three key layers:
Some providers are simply more secure than others. Look for a provider that offers a reputable image as well as a proactive approach when it comes to security.
When it comes to plugins, you should also as few as possible. Not only do plugins slow down the speed of your site, but they can open up your website to additional risks. If you have plugins that you are not currently using, make sure that you delete them. Also, keep all software and plugins updated with the latest edition. Updates often include improvements to the security of these items.
Finally, keep in mind that no website is completely safe from hacks. If you’ve been listening to the news recently, you know that it can happen to any company and any website, including yours. Regardless of the size of the company or the effort put into protecting the site, there is always a chance that a hack will occur. Because of this, make sure that all your data is protected and backed up regularly.
Terry’s cauldron of knowledge in the digital world is the result of a background in advertising, graphic design, web and multimedia development… 25 years in this business.