Check if your website has been tampered with!
You can check the current status of your website security at www.sitecheck.sucuri.net.
Enter your website address at sitecheck and it will scan your website and tell you if your website is safe or if it is
- Infected with malware
Backup your website
We know computers are exposed to threats from hackers and so we take pre-cautious measures to protect our computer which often contain sensitive and important data. Websites are no different as they are vulnerable to hackers as well.
In the instance which your website gets hacked into, you may suffer data loss or corruption. In these situations, you want to make sure you are able to restore your website to the last safe version of your website.
It is therefore essential to ensure you back up regularly and archive these backups so you have access to them and able to restore to a version you know is safe. This will minimise your website downtime, allowing you to press on with your business.
Failing to back up regularly may result in substantial data & web content loss and potentially your website design altogether. This may mean investing in your website redesign from scratch and the additional resource to upload your contents again.
I highly recommend you discuss this with your IT team or website developer to ensure your website is properly backed up.
Is your website version up to date?
Websites nowadays are somewhat like softwares where someone programs it, people buy and use it, bugs are identified and the programmer creates a new version to fix the bug or add features, the user is then responsible to apply the updates to fix those bugs and so on.
Technology today is changing ever so rapidly to meet the highly demanding tech savvy youth who expects everything to be integrated. As a result, a new generation of programmers both expert & novice are pumping out softwares, plugins, widgets, apps, you name it, it’s out there with bugs, loopholes and all. It’s a playground for hackers who just love to kill time and prove they have skills.
Programmers creates software to make our lives easier, hackers find loopholes to prove a point to the programmers and to make our lives hell. The programmers want us to continue using their products and therefore will fix any know bugs and issue their customers with new version updates. It is therefore up to us the user to ensure we apply any updates and have the latest versions of softwares, plugins, widgets and so forth that is utilised on our website to ensure our website is secured.
This one is obvious and I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before but are you applying these are just being ignorant to it?
- Don’t use the same passwords for everything.
- Avoid easy to guess passwords like names or birth dates.
- Change your password once in a while, at least every 6 months.
In my role as an online marketer, I’ve been given login access to many online accounts by businesses and clients. All would agree they should be following these 3 rules but the vast majority don’t.
For many, it’s just too hard to have to remember several different passwords.
I was a culprit myself until I discovered Roboform which allows you to securely store all your passwords and login details. With Roboform, you can create a complex or random passwords for each account and not have to remember any of the passwords except one, the password to access your Roboform account. So now, you can ensure all your online account is secured and only accessible by you without you having to remember it. Yep, meeting the above 3 rules is now a piece of cake.
Make sure you backup your website regularly, ensure it is kept up to date and be sure to change your login details regularly with hard to crack passwords.
More on Roboform in the next post. See you there.
Kham – The Marketing Angel