How secure is your website?

By Michael Baxter on 28 June 2017 with tags Security

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You may not think your site has anything worth being hacked for, but websites are compromised all the time. The majority of website security breaches are not to steal your data or deface your website, but instead attempts to use it to send spam or share files illegally. Other very common ways to abuse compromised machines include using them as part of larger ransomware attacks.

Hacking is regularly performed by automated scripts written to scour the internet in an attempt to exploit known website security issues in software. Here are some tips to help keep you and your site safe online:

  1. Keep the software that runs your website up-to-date with all the necessary security and general updates.
  2. Use a modern CMS platform like Wordpress or CMS Made Simple that have a lot of in-built security features.
  3. Protect and change passwords regularly for your administration accounts. Many platforms also have logs showing who is accessing what on your site
  4. Limit the ways that visitors can upload/publish files to your website.
  5. If you have a bespoke application ask the developer for details about its security aspects and if possible proof of the types of security measures in place.

Hopefully these tips will help keep your site and information safe. Thankfully most Content Management Systems have a lot of inbuilt website security features, but it is still a good idea to have knowledge of common security exploitation so you can ensure you are covered.

If you have a website that is using out-of-date technology contact us at Utopia today so we can get it upgraded and made more secure for you.