Keeping your website safe for your users is almost as important as retaining your user’s interests in what you have to offer. While there are a lot of services online available today that have various security measures automated, it still helps to have a mental checklist to refer to for things you need to do to keep your website’s safety on the up and up. Why? If your website requires user input – especially if it’s for super personal details that reveal a part of a person’s identity – you need to guarantee their information’s privacy and security so that they can trust your website and visit again in the future.
Here are a couple of simple tips for maintaining your website’s safety:
1. Make it hard for hackers to break into your website.
- Choose passwords that are complicated and hard to crack – usually a combination of numerals, upper and lower case letters, and symbols work best. More importantly, change your passwords as often as possible.
- Regularly sift through your files and make sure the ones on it are things that are actually supposed to be there. Delete any suspicious-looking files that look out of place or were created recently (and not by you).
- Check your list of user accounts and make sure that only yours has administrative privileges.
- Disable the right-click option for your website. This will make your site’s source code a bit harder to access, which may impede source code viewers’ intent to examine how your website was built.
- Set up a two-factor authentication for your website. Some content management systems like WordPress provide a way for you to log-into your website’s control panel using a one-time-use-only password on top of your regular one. These temporary passwords are sent to you via your smartphone, making your website a little less impenetrable to hackers.
2. Backup, backup, backup. Website owners often update their content management systems, install upgrades, and add additional services to keep their site relevant and up-to-date. However, most of the time, something horrible happens that causes the update to fail; sometimes a change made on the website causes other parts to malfunction – if that happens, you are potentially putting your user’s information at risk and this may cause them to never use your website again. Always have a backup to your files that you can revert to in case of emergency.
3. Put additional security measures in place. It’s important to let your customers know they can entrust you with their personal information.
- Install CAPTCHA verification. This will help ensure that anyone accessing your website who wishes to log in are actual people and not malicious spambots programmed to steal information.
- Don’t be stingy with security question and answers. These are usually required upon account creation for users so that they have an alternative way of recovering lost or forgotten log-in details in the future, but there’s no reason why you can’t occasionally ask your users to supply answers before granting them access to their accounts on your site just as an added log-in measure.
- Secure your website using SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer. It is a security standard that encrypts the connection created between your website and a web browser, adding a secondary layer of privacy on the transmission of information. This security measure is highly important for e-commerce websites to have for obvious reasons – your customers need to know that their personal information is not so readily accessible by people who wish to use them for fraud. It uses SSL certificates, which is something that is used to verify your website’s authenticity and safety for accommodating sensitive exchanges of data. Read Thawte SSL certificates – product overview and find out more about SSL certificates and web browser compatibility.