The consequences of having an unsecured website can be endless but the most common online attacks will replace your home page with a message from a hacker telling you the website is unsecured. This is not only embarrassing but it has a wide range of consequences.
To prevent disaster from striking, here is why website security is a must in today’s world.
Listed below are a few reasons why you should invest in a secure online hosting provider and good website security measures.
1: Avoid losing money
This is the worst thing that can happen and it should be your primary motivator. Website security problems can be endless, especially if you have a large website with many pages and sometimes you will need a complete redesign of the current site to make sure all the infected scripts and pages are cleaned. Most businesses that run online shops or any other services accept payments online cannot afford the risks involved in a security breach.
2: Protect your online reputation
It takes a long time to build a good reputation for any online business and that can easily be destroyed if your site gets hacked and defaced. The other critical problem with a hacked website is that Google will remove you from their database and that could destroy months of keyword and Google SEO marketing efforts. Google will also show a warning when someone tries to visit your website and most people will be skeptical of visiting the site in the future.
3: Secure your critical data
Many websites that offer subscription based services store critical data about their users online. If your website does the same, imagine your entire client information database going missing if the hacker deletes the entire website. You might even lose your billing data and as a result, you will not be able to invoice your customers. Almost no one will sign back up and give their billing back information to you.
4: Make sure your clients trust your website
When it comes to business, trust is one of the most important factors when making a trade. Without trust, no one will actually give you any money. Once your site is hacked, the attacker could steal your client’s private information and spread it all over the internet and those people will most likely never do business with your company again.
5: Your hosting provider may block your account
Many hackers plant malicious viruses and e-mail spamming code into your site once the website is hacked. This will not only cause problems for you, but also for anyone else on the same hosting server as your site. Internet monitoring websites like SPAM-COP will blacklist your server’s IP address and block anyone trying to send mail from that server. The only way a hosting company can resolve the issue quickly is by suspending your account to help all the other accounts get back to normal. During the suspension period you will not be able to send or receive any e-mails or access your website.
Webnova’s security recommendations:
Brute Force Protection
Most websites get infected when hackers get access to their FTP information. This can easily be stopped by installing a firewall and adding brute force protection on the hosting server. If a hacker enters the username or password incorrectly a few times, the server firewall automatically will block all future access from that IP address and that will make your site almost 100% secure.
Use Strong Passwords
Passwords are only effective if they are difficult to break. For example, a password like “secret” is extremely easy to guess and it is one of the most used passwords in the world, however changing it to “$ecRe7” will make your password nearly impossible to guess.
Many countries like Russia and China are known to cause trouble online. If a hosting provider’s clients do not conduct business with people in Russia or China, then it is highly recommended to block all access from those countries to protect local websites and make the server more secure.
For more information about website and server security, please contact the Webnova team.