In the physical world, we lock our doors and keep valuables in secure locations. In the digital world, security is just as important but looks a little different, so we often forget about its importance until something goes wrong! Cyber attacks can damage your business’s reputation, be costly to repair, or break trusting relationships with your customers. Thankfully, there are a few key topics you can ask your website provider about to ensure that you’re protected.
HTTPS / SSL Security Certificate
Have you ever visited a website and been met with the warning message that the site is unsafe? These alerts can range in intensity, cautioning about threats to your computer, personal data, or financial info. If your website displays a warning when it’s loaded, it’s time to talk to your website provider as soon as possible!
Much like a firewall on your personal computer, your website also has a firewall that protects you from randomized security attacks. Your website provider can tell you if a firewall is in place and the effectiveness of it.
Secure Passwords & Accounts
Over 80% of hacks are due to weak or stolen passwords. When you set up a password, be sure to use a combination of characters including uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Never share access to a password! If multiple people need access to making website updates, each user should have a unique user profile and privileges.
A phishing scam is when a fake user “fishes” for private information by pretending to be a valid business or person of authority. The best way to keep your information secure from phishing attacks is to be aware of common scams. Never give information such as logins, domain info, access codes or payment in advance to someone you don’t have a working relationship or has verified credentials.
Web Security Standards & Secure Hosting
A good web provider is proud of their security offerings and can tell you what’s new in website security and that they’re up to date with software updates. Your web host is the business that keeps your website connected to the internet and stores digital data for your email, website address, and more. This may the same, or different from your local internet provider. If you pay for web services, your website contract or sales representative can identify who hosts your website, and that company can tell you the ways that security is being managed on your site.