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Don’t think it’s important to secure your website?

Well, think again.

Your website contains a host of information about your business and often even your visitors. If by chance, someday your website were to get hacked then not only would you lose some useful information about your visitors but neither you nor your users would be able to access your site for days.


Don’t Panic! (Well…maybe just a little 😉 )

You can avoid these types of annoying and unnerving website attacks, by protecting your site from malicious entities on the internet.

Here are some tips on how to make your website more secure and well-protected.

1. Keep a Secure Password

The most basic, yet commonly overlooked, aspect is to start securing your website with a secure admin password. It really doesn’t take much time to think of a good password that is easy to remember and not too long or complicated. Just make sure that you also include some special characters and numbers in the password.

You should even make a few of the characters uppercase to make it even more secure and not-so-easily-guessed. For added security, you could ask your website administrator to keep changing the passwords at frequent intervals.

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Via: Hubspot

2. Have HTTPS on Each Page

Using HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure on each of your web pages is another very effective way of preventing hackers from stealing information from your website. These protocols ensure that the data that is being shared by visitors (like credit card numbers for instance), cannot be copied or robbed by attackers.

What’s more, websites that use HTTPS will also rise high into the good books of Google and will be rewarded by getting a boost in rankings on the search engine results pages.

Don’t believe us? Read HERE what Google has to say about it.

3. Use Security Plugins

Another great way of securing your website is by installing security plugins. These plugins can offer excellent protection for your website in addition to the security software that you already have on your site.

Some of the top security plugins available, especially for WordPress sites include BulletProof Security, WordFence, and Sucuri Security.

4. Get Prepped for XSS

In case you actively show comments from your users on certain pages of your website, then you have to be well-prepared against XSS or cross-site scripting attacks. Any hacker or spammer could use the XSS technique to insert dangerous JavaScript onto your web pages in an attempt to take over the browsers and accounts of your website users.

An effective way to get your browser to differentiate normal scripts on your pages from XSS attempts is by using a CSP or Content Security Policy. This CSP will help you identify the malicious scripts that have been injected into your trusted web page context.

Some more tips on CSP from Google.

5. Update Software Platforms Regularly

If you have installed security software or are using an online security platform for to keep your website protected, then you have to ensure that it is always updated so as to deal with latest online threats.

Most attackers will look for lapses in the security software of a site and once they find any loose ends or cracks, they will not hesitate to break in. Keep checking for any new updates in the software that you use for the security and protection of your website and ensure that it is always up-to-date.

You are all set to protect your site now!

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Mouneeb is an experienced digital marketing strategist with a passion for helping clients achieve their goals online. With over 15 years of experience in designing, developing, and managing a team that develops top-notch web projects, he brings a wealth of information to the teams that he leads and the leaders that he follows.

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