As soon as you launch your website, you’re presenting your business to the world. The same way a brick and mortar retailer open their physical store, you open your virtual storefront. While most people who walk into your store or visit your website will have genuine intentions, such as browsing your store or becoming a customer, others might have more malicious motives.
In a retail store, you can physically spot a thief, while on your website, the criminals are invisible, and you often don’t see them until it’s too late. Protecting your website not only keeps your business secure but protects your customer’s sensitive data as well. When customers give you their details and credit card information, they trust that you will protect it, and doing so is essential to your business’s survival.
Here are some tips to ensure your website is protected.
Stay up to date on cybersecurity threats
You don’t need to be a cybersecurity expert to understand cybersecurity threats. Having a basic knowledge of what is out there will help you to implement optimal cybersecurity processes for your website. There are many layers involved with data protection, from container security to internal staff security; you need to cover all layers. Websites like threatpost.com feature daily articles with updates on everything and anything in the cybersecurity world.
Strengthen your access control
Who has access to the admin level of your website, and how do they access it? The admin login into the backend of your website is one of the most common ways that cybercriminals gain access. Once they are through that door, all of your sensitive business and client data are compromised. Strengthen your access control by creating complex usernames and passwords which are not easy to guess. Set a low limit on the number of login attempts during a specified time frame, including password resets. Email accounts are also vulnerable to a security breach, and a cybercriminal may hack into the email account to use the password reset link.
Always update your software
Software developers are continuously optimizing and updating software to echo changes in technology and cybersecurity. As hackers find vulnerabilities in software, the developers create patches to fit those holes. When a new software update comes out, it is essential to install it immediately. Even the smallest delay can put your website at risk of a data breach. Cybercriminals have ways of scanning vast quantities of websites to look for holes in their systems, and once they’ve found one, it doesn’t take them long to break in.
Protect your business, your website, and your data by backing everything up frequently. If the worst does occur and you suffer a data breach, then at least you will have all your data saved. Each time a user saves a file, it should automatically back up. Back up your data in multiple locations, both on- and off-site. One of the largest current cybersecurity threats is Ransomware, and hackers will hold your data hostage until you pay them a disclosed sum of money. If you have your data backed up, then the consequences of an attack like this will be much less severe.