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3 Simple Tips for a Secure Website

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It seems like almost every single day brings news of a new hacking attempt. There are people around the globe working night and day to get access to your personal files for monetary gain or nefarious reasons.

Are you confident in your site’s security?

If not, it may be time to upgrade your security. In fact, it would seem that most of the web needs to do the same. Believe it or not, 79 out of the top 100 websites don’t even use proper security methods!

In fact, some websites even stored users’ passwords in plain text folders. That’s practically inviting a hacker to come in and steal data!

Be part of the change by making sure that your site is secure enough for users to trust.

Ready to figure out how you can keep your site safe and sound from hackers? Read on to find some of the easiest ways you can have a secure website.

1. Keep Your Software Updated

One of the easiest ways hackers can get access to your site and files is by using outdated software. Yes, sometimes it really is that easy. A few minutes of updating could save you dozens of hours and thousands of dollars.

The outdated software provides all sorts of nasty exploits that can leave your website vulnerable.

These updates, however annoying and inconvenient they may be, are for your protection. Companies like Apple, WordPress, Java, and Adobe work around the clock on their security.

Take a software update as a warning sign that the last version wasn’t secure enough.

2. A Secure Website Uses Two-Factor Authentication

Great, so now you’ve got a stronger, more secure website thanks to software updates. Now it’s all about keeping hackers out.

Two-factor authentication is becoming one of the most popular security methods out there. And for a very good reason.

If you’re unfamiliar with the authentication process, it generally goes as follows:

  • You’ll log into your website, as usual, entering your username and password into the appropriate fields.
  • Once you’ve logged in, the second factor kicks in. You’ll receive a verification code in one of a variety of ways depending on your preferences. We recommend having the code sent to your phone for extra security.

This means that, even if a hacker does somehow get into your secure website, they still can’t get in.

You’ll receive a notification and will be able to log on to your site and change your passwords ASAP.

3. Hide Your Admin Directory

If you’re using a site builder like Squarespace or WordPress, it’s easy to find your directory. This is where the majority of your website’s files are held, meaning it’s where hackers can do the most damage.

Thankfully, you can combat their efforts by hiding your directory in plain sight.

If you’re interested in securing a better site, be sure to look into our site care plans! You’ve got enough on your mind, let us worry about your site’s security.

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