- Maria Holler
Data Breaches Happening at Record Pace, Three Key Steps to Protect Your Site
July 25, 2017
3 Key Steps to Protecting Your Website From Hackers:
According to a recent NBC news report, data breaches in the U.S. jumped 29% in the first half of 2017. Yet businesses are still opting for convenience over security and thus putting themselves, their future, and their customers in harm's way.
Here are three easy steps to take to protect your website from hackers.
#1: INSTALL AN SSL CERT ON YOUR SITE When a site begins with https://, it indicates that an SSL cert has been installed on the site. According to hostgator, if you have an online store, or if any part of your website will require visitors to hand over sensitive information like a credit card number, you have to invest in an SSL certificate. The cost to you is minimal, but the extra level of encryption it offers to your customers goes a long way to making your website more secure and trustworthy.
#2: INVEST IN SECURITY PLUGINS Not all companies have the resources to invest in a full IT team, and thus must rely on security plugins to ensure their website is safe. Depending on your website platform (Wordpress, Magento, shopify, nopCommerce, etc.), there are numerous companies such as BlindHash that offer additonal security layers at reasonable rates to ensure you are protecting yourself against a possible breach.
#3: KEEP YOUR SITE UP TO DATE It may seem obvious, but ensuring your website is up to date on the latest version of your software platform keeps hackers on their feet. By having the newest version of your platform installed you are minimizing the risk that you’ll be hacked and besides updates usually take very little time to complete.