When a website gets hacked, scary stuff happens. If you want to stay protected in today’s world, you need to look at the top security tips to build a trusted website. If you’re a small business owner, it is also crucial that you have a trusted site? The question is, how to go about building a trusted site? Because there are so many different ways to do that it can get confusing. This post will go over the best security tips to build a trusted website because I believe that is the number one thing that worries most small business owners. So, it is essential to ensure their site is secure, which is why SSL Secure Sockets Layer, a computing protocol that provides the security of data sent via the Internet by using encryption) is so important.
SSL One Of The Best Security Tips
Here is how an SSL works. Say you type in your password, without SSL a hacker can intercept and steal that password. With SSL, the hacker no longer sees that password. So, instead of sending plain text over the Internet for anyone to read and steal, the SSL gobbledygooks it up. Now, if anyone were to catch that password, it just looks like nonsense.
Not only that, but the SSL’s also going help boost your SEO rankings because Google loves secure websites. Which is super helpful, and will also get rid of that annoying “not secure” warning. The lack of that warning will, in turn, build confidence with your prospective customers.
Not Secure: Losing You Clients?
We’ve all seen that Not Secure warning while surfing the Internet at the top of our browsers. I know I have. I also know that at times it has swayed me to move on. I can only imagine how many potential customers it has turned away, mainly because of all the bad press it has received.
A lot of people don’t understand the more technical aspects of the Internet. They see that “not secure” warning and they bounce, like, “Whoa, this site’s not safe. So, my first tip is to add an SSL. And it doesn’t have to cost you anything because there are some free providers out there. Just go on Google and search “SSL”.
Adding A Malware Scanner
Adding a malware scanner is another way of protecting your website.
There are a lot of questionable pricks out there, and just like they’re willing to infect your computer, they can do the same thing to your website. They can install malware on your site, and you won’t even know it. The search engines do though, as do many browsers, and they will warn people away.
It’s, therefore, essential to stay protected because a lot of scary stuff happens when a website gets hacked. What’s worse is the malware can redirect your visitors to some pretty questionable sites. Which makes you look bad.
Imagine, you’re a small business owner that sells children books, and visitors to your site encountered malware that directed them to a porn site. How horrifying is that? I can’t see them returning to your site again. That hurts your brand and its so hard to regain their trust.
So, it’s essential to protect your site with a malware scanner. This way, if anything were to happen, you’d know straight away and can do something about it before it’s too late.protected.
I’ve gone one step further by installing a firewall plugin on my blogs. If anything the firewall is more important than a malware scanner. Look at it this way. Malware is like someone breaking into your home and leaving you with a mess to clean up. That’s what a malware scanner does. The firewall ensures they don’t get into your house in the first place.
If you have a blog, you can get a good firewall plugin for free, like Wordfence. Or you can go one step further by getting the Premium version of the plugin which includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner. What you need to decide is whether or not your business is worth the extra expense.
I remember when one of my blogs got hacked, and all the headaches I went through to get it working correctly again.
Which is why you should always backup up your site regularly, I recommend doing a monthly backup. So if something were to happen, you wouldn’t lose all that hard work you put into building up your website.
I hope the security tips in this post is of some help to you.
This post was repurposed with the aid of the Content Gorilla plugin from the Top Security Tips To Build A Trusted Website video. I then used Grammarly to correct the grammar and punctuation and added my own spin to make it my own.
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