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What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Website From Hackers

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Unfortunately, as hackers get smarter, protecting your business’s website from cybercrime becomes increasingly important. Now we’re seeing that even major retailers such as Target aren’t immune to the havoc that hackers can wreak. If you’re concerned about protecting your site from hackers, here are some steps you can take to ensure that your business’s most important information remains confidential:

Change your passwords regularly

While it may be tedious to try to remember a slew of different passwords for the various accounts you have, changing these passwords often makes it harder for hackers to break into your site. Also, you shouldn’t be using one password for every account you own. Switch it up, and make them difficult to guess. Hint: “password” is not a sufficient password. It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how many people rely on this to protect their company’s website!

Update your site regularly

The software that controls your site should be well maintained and updated regularly. This is time consuming and can sometimes cost you money, but it’s always worth it. As sites get older and software falls out-of-date, it gets easier for hackers to make their way in.

Install security applications

Depending on the kind of site you have, there are security applications available that can add an extra layer of protection against hackers. If you’re unclear about which applications are best or how to install them, ask a professional web developer for help. You want to be sure that these tools are installed properly so that they’re as effective as possible when it comes to protecting against cybercrime.

Back up your site often

In the event that your site is attacked, you want to have a full backup of the site on hand. This allows you to easily recover the content that was on your site. This means you can get it up and running again as quickly as possible, thus minimizing the damage the hackers can cause. Remembering to back up your site regularly can save you from trying to replicate years of hard work in the event that you’re hacked.

Lastly, it’s important to consult with a professional web developer about your options regarding the security of your site. They have the deep technical knowledge necessary to put measures in place to protect your site from hackers. The steps above are important, but they cover just a small percentage of what’s necessary to keep your website safe. If your site’s security is something you’ve been concerned about lately, contact me and let’s put a plan into place to ensure that hackers don’t have easy access to your business’s most vital information.

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