Securing a website is not as easy as securing a desktop. There is no ready-made anti-virus or anti-hacking software that can protect your website. And yet, there is more sensitive information flowing through your website than there ever is through your desktop.
Is Your Website Safe From Hackers?
It probably isn’t. Securing a website is not as easy as securing a desktop. There is no ready-made anti-virus or anti-hacking software that can protect your website. And yet, there is more sensitive information flowing through your website than there ever is through your desktop. Lax security can cost your business and your clients millions. It also makes your clients vulnerable to identity theft. Even one breach of security can ruin a business’ reputation, especially because most business transactions that take place online require the use of credit cards. Few want to risk their credit card information becoming openly available because a business didn’t invest in security.
So what can be done? Well, there are a number of simple steps that a website owner can take in order to secure their website. Small errors in code can cost businesses millions of dollars, as one unfortunate business found out thanks to a ring of hackers. The following article discusses what one particular business went through before offering some advice on how to secure a website against hackers.
Securing your website: A tough job, but someone’s got to do it
“Website breaches can be devastating to your business—here’s how to prevent them.”
One of the easiest ways to secure a website is to invest in good passwords. Sites like LastPass and KeePass help users generate and store strong passwords.
“Never forget a password again and log into your sites with a single mouse click.”
“This is the official website of KeePass, the free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.”
The following comic from XKCD explains what makes a good password vs and bad one.
Another simple tip is to use open source scripts when creating the website. This ensure that there is support if something goes wrong. Open source scripts are time tested and developed by professionals. They are much less likely to have the simple errors that create weaknesses to be exploited by hackers. There is also more frequent updates of the code that will help eliminate any holes and glitches.
Open source scripts include:
Outsource to Freelancers
Lastly, if you are still worried about the security of your website, and don’t feel up to the challenge of ensuring the security of your information and that of your clients, you may want to hire someone to handle it for you. Freelancers can be found on sites such as ODesk, Elance, and Amazon Turk. Each website has a number of rating systems that help potential employers evaluate their candidates.
A businesses website is its online storefront, and often the first way that a potential client will interact with a business. Hackers can not only steal information, they have the ability to mess up the code and destroy the usability of a website. It is vital for businesses to find ways to protect their websites from outside threat.
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Joe Tiew is a passionate mobile app (Android) and web developer (WordPress), who also happen to own and run technology and travel blogs in few languages. He was a marketing manager in a web development firm for 7 years and used to work in IT industry for over 14 years.
He enjoys work that challenges him to learn something new and stretch in a different direction. He was student of UK's Internet Profit LLC, World Youtuber (Arigato Japan) and now a member of iPro Platinum.
Outside of the home-studio, he love travelling and meeting new people. He has documented his journey and people that he met along the way in his blog.
He live in Malaysia and on healthy vegetarian diet.