A quick guide to keeping your website safe and secure

May 11, 2021

In the modern era, every business needs a website.

A website acts as a business’ shop window; it showcases the company’s core products or services, displays costs, and details how it is possible to reach out and get in touch should it be required.

However, what is equally important is ensuring that said website is not vulnerable to hackers. Not only is this essential because it will keep your business operational at all times, but it will also ensure that your customers’ vital data is not vulnerable.

So, how can you go about keeping your website safe, and why is it important?

Why you need to do it

As technology continues to update and evolve, it becomes absolutely essential for businesses to keep on top of their website security. This is important because, quite simply, it keeps information and data secure. Hackers and cybercriminals relish the opportunity to attack vulnerable websites and steal data that they can sell, or can use for other nefarious deeds.

How to do it

1. Keep software continually updated

This seems like an obvious first step to take, and that’s because it really is. By keeping all of your software updated, and by ensuring that all patches are installed as soon as they become available, you’ll be best prepared to deter would-be hackers.

2. Change your passwords routinely

One of the key aspects of keeping a website safe and secure is ensuring that you don’t keep your passwords the same for an extended period of time. Every couple of months or so you need to change your passwords, and ensure that everyone who needs access is aware of the change.

3. Keep file uploads to a minimum

Allowing files to be uploaded to your website by too many different people is a recipe for disaster. It is probably best that only trusted admins are allowed to upload files, and it is also vital that all files come from verified sources.

4. Utilise firewalls

Firewalls sound a bit old hat, but they are still incredibly useful. Once a firewall is installed, it will help to protect your website from any hackers, and will also ensure that no viruses are able to get through an infect your coding.

5. Get some security tools

Once you think that your website is as safe as possible, you should get some tools to test out the levels of security. Such tools are often referred to as ‘penetration tests’, and are designed to see how easy it would be for hackers to bypass your security protocols.

If you would like to know more about how E2TS can assist you then contact us.