Protect Your Website From Hackers

Many website owners assume that their site isn’t worth breaking into or hacking but the problem with that way of thinking is that they don’t put the proper security measures into place and they eventually have a major security issue come up.

All security issues on your site don’t necessarily involve someone stealing your customer info or messing with your visible site, instead it could be using the server your site is on for spam or to put illegal files on under your name. The whole process of hacking sites today has become automated where they can find sites that are not secure and use them immediately.

So what can you do to combat hackers and keep your site secure? Here are a few ideas:

Make sure your security software is current and working correctly.

When you set up your initial security on your site most people select to have automatic updates and then let it sit. This might be fine for a little while but it is possible that some updates won’t be compatible with your operating system or some other issue arises that keeps the software from updating. Make sure you check your security software regularly to ensure it is working correctly and is up to date. If you use Webguard website security software this is an easy process and will only take a few minutes every couple weeks. If you run into any issues our customer service team can help you.

Keep Your Error Messages Simple

Make sure to watch how much info you give with your error messages. Many sites have log ins and it is important to not give away too much info if a log in attempt fails. Instead of saying either a username or password was incorrect you should use generic messages like “The Username and/or Password was incorrect”. Otherwise the unauthorized user will know which part of the log in they had right/wrong.

Enforce Password Requirements

We discussed passwords in detail last week but it is still important to remember how to create a secure password and how, as a website owner, you can ensure your users have a good password. Make sure to enforce password requirements on your site.  Make the password a minimum of 8 characters, include upper and lower case letters, and make sure to have them include one number or other usable symbol

SSL Certificate

Consumers trust sites that are secure and have an SSL certificate on them. Without this the consumers information is in jeopardy and so is your website since if one piece of info is stolen it can be traced back to where it happened and you might be blamed or held responsible. Make sure your site is secure with Webguard and make sure your customers feel comfortable making purchases or giving you their information for billing. If you aren’t willing to do that then you should be using a third party payment system like PayPal, which might not look as professional.

For more information on keeping your website secure with Webguard and how we can help you keep your site safe and improve your business contact us today.

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Protect Your Website Users With Better Site Security and Password Guidelines

Recently LinkedIN had a security breach on their site and many of their account holders had their information stolen.  Sure LinkedIn is a large website with millions of users but that doesn’t mean hackers won’t also try to access your customer’s information or break into your site, no matter what size it is.

A site getting hacked and information from a database being stolen is one thing but protecting your personal information and advising your customers and clients how to protect theirs in another.

Make sure that when your website users are signing up for accounts or submitting private info they are either using a safe password or the site is verified secured by Webguard or another trusted website security company. Have your website security badge or seal visible or have an option for them to contact you for your web security information.

Advise your users to use secure passwords. Hackers have developed and are using sophisticated tools to get access to private accounts including password tools that can easily run through a wide variety of the most frequently used passwords and variations of them. The five most common passwords are: password, 123456, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Sure it doesn’t seem like common sense but these passwords are actually used frequently. Here are a couple guidelines for creating a password:

  • A safe password should contain random characters that aren’t in a row on a keyboard, alphabetically, or numerically.
  • Every site you use should have a unique password so if one site is compromised and your information is stolen it won’t affect other sites. A good example would be for banking.
  • The more characters used the better. Make sure that they include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters like a ! the better. This will make it much more difficult to crack.
  • Never write down or save passwords in email or anywhere that someone might see them.

Are your customers/visitors following these suggestions? Do you have password guidelines listed on your website? For more information about secure websites, passwords, and protecting your customers/users take a look at our site Webguard.com.


Website and Customer Security During The Holidays

The Holidays are here and that means an increase in online shopping traffic but also an upswing in the amount of online scams and phishing. One of the top concerns for online shoppers is security and when 40% of shoppers worry that their credit card data will be misused you have to make sure that your site is secure and your customers know it.

For many online retailers and companies the Holiday Season is when a large portion of their revenue is made. If your customers don’t think or know your site is secure then there is a good chance they will abandon their purchases when they arrive at the payment part of the checkout. 61% of consumers who have recently made online purchases said they have abandoned their purchases, with the majority saying it was because they had concerns about payment and security.

Customers need to feel comfortable with not only making purchases on your site but also entering their personal information. While payment security is the top concern right behind it is worry about sites not protecting personal information like addresses, date of birth, and social security numbers.

As a website owner you can learn from some suggestions that consumer advocate groups give to those who plan to shop online.  One of the top suggestions is make sure you’re using a secure web site. Seems like common sense but many consumers don’t know what they should be looking for on the pages to show them that it is secure. They suggest looking for a secured symbol like Webguard’s security badge to make sure you are using a secure and safe site.

The bottom line this Holiday Shopping Season is your site needs to be safe for your customers a good way to do that is to use Webguard website security monitoring and reporting for only $1 a day. Contact us for more information and to get your Webguard website security seal today. Make sure your customers are comfortable on your site with Webguard.