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15 April 2015 - 5 Tricks To A More Secure Website

By Motunrayo Shafau
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The internet does create a world of opportunities, however a key issue that constantly needs to be addressed is one of security. WhiteHat Security describes website security as an ever-moving target. Statistics show that 86% of websites had at least one key vulnerability, although the occurrence of vulnerabilities has been reducing it is important to stay protected and visible on the web, there is a need to efficiently defend websites and make them safer for users on the platform. Running a website is not for the faint-hearted, brings you a few tips and tricks to make your websites more secure and less vulnerable to threats!

Keep your personal computers protected and updated

It is important that the personal computer you work from is in the best state possible. It is always a good idea to look at the sharing options to make sure that you are the sole user of the system. Keeping your operating systems up to date also reduces its vulnerability. Getting a great and complete antivirus is also a step in the right direction to ensure the safety of not just your personal computer but also the work you do on it. You can't imagine how many malwares and vulnerability threats that are blocked by virtue of the anti-virus on PCs. A good antivirus makes a perfect complement to a great PC, armed with these you're ready to boost your productivity levels!

Unique passwords
Inasmuch as it is advised to have complex and unique passwords which cannot be easily replicable, it is hard to pass over the stereotypical '12345678' password!! Passwords should contain digits & special characters which make them hard to decipher or at least capable of giving hackers a run for their money.

Cover your bases with secure connections
Having a secure connection cannot be underestimated, the more secure your connection is, the less vulnerable it is to hackers. Keep in mind that a hacked website would not go down well with your customers or your business - you lose credibility and customers lose trust in your business. In the case where clients have to log into the website and transactions are carried out, providing a secure getaway for them is key in order to keep their details private.

Navigate away from perilous third-party add-ons

Though add-ons look interesting, not all them are safe. Before installing third-party add-ons, it is important to check out their sources and verify that they are indeed reputable and would not render your website more vulnerable.

Shield your sites with website protection
If all else fails, buying a reputable website protection software would make up for any lapses made. Remember 'reputable' is the keyword here. Do your research and make sure you website will actually be protected if you decide to jump in and invest in the software!

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