Security is a massive part of the business. How do you keep your clients safe, and keep your business safe? With cyber-crimes continuing to escalate, small businesses especially, need to be diligent in keeping secure.
Today we will talk about security features you need to have on your hosting account (where your website is stored) to keep your online website and emails secure.
It is important to note that security starts with the owners, managers, and employees of your business. Strong passwords, resetting passwords regularly (every 90 days or sooner) will be your most substantial protection.
Apart from this, there are some things you can make sure you have in place for your online presence. They are in no particular order.
- SSL Certificate. You want to make sure your site has migrated from hhtp to https (s for secure); you do this by buying an SSL certificate for your website. If you go to your website from Google and in the URL bar above to the left of your web address, you will see either a lock (or secure). If you do not see that, your site is not secure. You need to talk to your web developer or hosting provider to help you resolve that.
- External Backups. To protect yourself from ransomware (or just messing something up on your website) you need to have automatic backups to an external server (not on your server) of all your files (email and website). This will give you added peace of mind that if something goes wrong – you can get your data back.
- Private IP address. Most hosting programs are on a shared hosting account – for added security, you want to make sure your website is on an individual IP address or a dedicated server. This will mean that your site has a unique IP address, and it does not share it.
- Firewall Yep, your server (like your computer) needs to have a firewall that scans incoming information to protect from harmful users. If you are not sure your hosting platform has it, reach out to them.
- Encrypt your email. To go the extra mile (if you have done everything so far) you want to further encrypt your emails. Most providers have this as an option (it is normally not default) if you are in finance, law, or health – this will be mandatory to have.
- Setup automatic password reset reminders. Life gets busy, make sure you set up an automatic password reset reminder for a minimum of every 90 days (or sooner). This will be your best internal guard of online protection.
These will be your most important things to keep in mind. Pro-tip on your server – most shared hosting servers are not updated regularly – this is because there are so many users on one server that the hosting company cannot force all users to update their websites (which holds back important updates on the server). This is another significant security risk. Reach out to your hosting provider and see how they are addressing this issue.
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