It’s every website owner’s biggest nightmare… you wake up one morning and your website is GONE. Not just gone, but replaced with a hacker’s message!
That’s just one of dozens of worst-case scenarios that can become reality when your website isn’t properly secured.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Below, guest superhero MJ Schrader of Media Guard Group shares the 5 Critical Steps You Must Take to Secure Your Website Today.
Guest Post by MJ Schrader, Media Guard Group
Security is a major part my business, so it seems only natural that I share my top security tips with you. Don’t worry if you are complete tech-newbie or technophobe. These tips are easy to use on any type of site and for anyone.
1) Use a secure password
Oh sure, password1 is easy to remember, so is passw0rd2. However if you are using a word that can be found in the dictionary (in any language) a hacker can get into your website in less than half an hour.
Use a password generator and password manager like LastPass.
2) Check your comments
Yes, it is flattering to see comments. But some people use comments simply for a link back to their website. These will be comments like “Nice site” or “Great article.”
Other people use comments for keywords; they will write some long comment that seems only vaguely related to what you wrote. It uses a particular word or phrase repeatedly.
And the final is the worst, there are some people who use comments to insert malware. These are long and crazy comments. They will have multiple links and just not look right or have prescription drugs names for male enhancement or X-rated sites.
3) Update your website
If you are using a self-hosted format, you should be regularly updating your website. If this scares you, or you are worried about breaking your website, hire someone to do a monthly backup and update. Trust me, this cost is minor in comparison to losing all your work.
4) Backup your website
It doesn’t matter if you host your website or not, you should back it up regularly. If you have WordPress.com or Blogger, the last thing you want to do is visit your website and find they found your website objectionable and removed it! With a backup you or someone can restore it elsewhere.
If you are self-hosted, make certain you are backing up your website not just on your web-server but somewhere else as well. This seems redundant, but if your web server goes out and you don’t have a backup elsewhere your site may be completely gone.
5) Limit access
Perhaps you have a virtual assistant or you have given others access to your website. Creating another user is extremely easy. Create another user for your virtual assistant or anyone else who needs access to your website. Then remove the user access when their access is no longer necessary.
While you may trust these people, viruses and malware can happen to them as well as you. Just like you wouldn’t give your house key to loads of friends, don’t give your website access to loads of friends.
No matter where you host it, or what format you use, these easy tips can help increase the security of your website. Of course these are just a few tips, for maximum security you will want someone who customizes a package to your business and website format. But even a few changes can help reduce your chances of being attacked by malware or hackers. Good luck!
After designing and securing websites for multi-million dollar companies, MJ Schrader founded Media Guard Group. Helping business owners have a site that looks like a million dollars while being easy enough for them to maintain.
If you are ready for a new website or ready to get your website secured, Media Guard Group can help. Please visit our website today http://MediaGuardGroup.com