A lot of the time it takes a lot of technical knowledge is needed to harden a website. There are several things that the “normal” person or casual website owner needs to be aware of when setting up websites for public viewing. Here are a few website security basics for security your website. With the web you are interconnected to others. You have to protect your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). That is what web security is all about.
Website Security Tips 101
- Use a strong password- Consider using a strong password and even a password manager, so you don’t have to remember all of your passwords to your site. I like LastPass but there is also 1Password and others out there. Passwords are the easy steps to security, but they are also the easiest to compromise.
- Keep your website updated- Be sure to make sure your themes and plug-ins are up-to-date. This may be a job for your web developer. But at least this is something that you need to have within your website maintenance agreement.
- Monitor Your Comments- You need to decide if you need to allow comments on your website. If you do you will need to approve the comments.
- Make sure you are not using any of the default settings. Most of the defaults are set to allow the easiest method to get started not necessarily to be the most secure.
- Limit the Login Attempts- If you are using WordPress as your website platform I would recommend iThemes Security. It is pretty good at notifying you if you have a security issue.
I hope this article helped.
If you need help with securing your website, contact me for a website security audit or if you need some advice I am available for a consultant call.