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5 Ways to Improve Your Website Security

by Marianne Stenger

Wondering how to keep your website secure without investing too much time in researching and applying the best methods? It’s a question that an increasing number of us face as we navigate the space we create for ourselves online, whether it’s in the form of e-commerce sites, blogs, or social media accounts. We’ve got five tips for keeping your digital space safe so you don’t have to worry about Cyberattacks.  

Use up-to-date software

Many sites are hacked on a daily basis simply because their software is out of date. Since many companies and individuals use platforms like WordPress, Magento, and OS Commerce to run an e-commerce business, it’s essential for them to integrate the newest version of software to protect themselves from such attacks.

Create strong passwords

You may think keeping it simple will help you remember, but you’re actually more likely to recall a unique password that only you would guess—and that will help boost your Cybersecurity as well. Strong passwords are one of the best ways to keep your site protected, so don’t undervalue their importance. Use a resource like LastPass to keep a record of all your passwords.

Hire a security expert

Sometimes it’s just not worth the time and effort to tackle it all yourself. Hiring a security expert can be a smart idea if you’re too busy running a business to do it all on your own, which is the case for many of us. Security specialists can offer a wide range of solutions, from file change monitoring, security event log monitoring, and payment cardholder data scanning to advanced web application firewall and daily malware detection.

Delete unused accounts

Your data is at further risk of being misused or stolen if you have too many digital accounts. Though you may think you’ll use an old email address or Duolingo account at some point in the future, it may be a safer bet to deactivate your accounts until you are ready to use them again or delete them altogether and create new ones when you really need them.

Test multiple times

Once is not enough, and neither is one way. Try doing a vulnerability scan as well as penetration testing. A vulnerability scan is a non-obtrusive scan that involves sending traffic, queries, and specific requests to your site to determine whether vulnerabilities exist. You can do this once every three months or so, and it’s relatively affordable. Penetration testing takes longer but is more in-depth, and involves hiring a specialist company which mimics the role of an attacker. It’s recommended to do it once a year, and is worth the investment.

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