There are a lot of things that go into making a good website. Whether you are a big company who is looking to expand your online presence, or an independent website developer with a message to share, there are a lot of necessary steps to take before the process is complete. One of the most important, however, is making sure that your website is 100 percent secure. If it is not, you can face any number of problems, such as hackers, viruses, and other cyber attacks that will damage the success of your site. Here are five top tips for making your website more secure.
Much of the best security starts at the foundations of your website, that is to say your coding. You might be concerned with getting your site up and running, but do not let that prevent you from doing the proper work required to make sure that your coding has no holes that can harm security. It might take a little bit longer, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run!
Secure Payment Processing
If your website has anything to do with the transfer of money, it is crucial that you use a payment service such as Paypal or Google that you can trust to be secure. These high profile payment processing services have their own layer of protection built in, that will provide security for your customers, and an extra reason to trust your site.
More than anything else, the biggest defense against security breaches is the right kind of cyber security. Use virtual security appliances such as firewalls, anti-virus software, and so on. You can take any other measures that you like, but if your website is a high profile one, nothing less than the best security will suffice.
Sometimes you do not know how vulnerable your website is until you have tested it out. Even if you are confident that you have adequate cyber security, you do not want to wait to find out the hard way, when attacked by a hacker. So in order to control these sorts of tests, perform them yourself in a controlled environment. Run diagnostics and penetration tests to confirm that your website is at the security level you want it to be.
After making sure that your website is secure, the most important thing that you will have to do is to purchase a Secure Socket Layer certificate. This is a certificate that lets a browser know that your website is safe for the user to visit. If you do not have a valid SSL, it may deny you any number of users who are put off by a recommendation that they steer clear of your site. Getting an SSL will involve filling out an application, paying a fee and waiting for approval. Once you have done this, you will be able to install it on your website to make it more secure.
Rick Delgado is a passionate freelance writer in the tech and cyber security space, specializing in advanced threat protection. He's a retired, self proclaimed "tech head" that enjoys reading and writing.