Website security remains a constant headline in tech news. While Google is making search safer, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is making privacy tighter, security challenges continue to be a top priority for website management companies. We talk to people almost every day, who have questions about website security. The world is moving fast. At Web Design by Knight, we are moving faster.
Here are some answers to some of the common questions we get about website security.
Do I Really Need Website Security?
Yes! All websites are under constant threat of being hacked. And so, at Web Design by Knight, we are constantly working to prevent it. We know “protecting” your website is so much easier and less expensive than “recovering” your website. Website cleanups are time consuming and expensive. The biggest cost of a cleanup is always the lost business.
Why not? It’s true that most of the security breaches reported in the news involve large corporations. But all websites are vulnerable to hacks. At Web Design by Knight we are constantly updating all elements of your site, to make sure you are protected with the most current updates.
Generally hackers want to redirect your website traffic to their own money-making sites. They also want to break into your server and use it to send spam email to hundreds of email addresses every day, until your server shuts down. And sometimes the hack is for the purpose of delivering malware to your site.
Who Is Responsibility For Website Security?
At Web Design By Knight, we manage security for our clients. But your website may interact with other sites and agencies through the internet, for which we have no control. Think of us like a security system for your car. Website security can protect your car and all that’s in it. But we have no control over the many threats you may encounter on the interstate. In addition to the security Web Design by Knight provides, there are some things you can do, to keep your site safe.
Use Strong Usernames and Passwords
Don’t make it easy for hackers by using a password associated with something in your everyday life. Change your passwords often! Quarterly is a good habit.
Install A Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificate
If you haven’t already installed an SSL certificate, we strongly advise you consider doing so. An SSL certificate will keep hackers from being able to see personal information that is transferred from your website to another. This is particularly important for business websites with a shopping cart. For example, when a customer buys widgets from your website, SSL protects the information on the transaction and keeps it safe while being sent from your shopping cart to a third party, like PayPal, or your payment gateway.
Our Firewall Protection
Our Web Design by Knight firewall will intercept and inspect all incoming requests to your website, and remove any malicious requests before before they make it to your website. While we cannot guarantee it will absolutely stop every existing security threat, It will stop most hackers, bots and malware from gaining access to your website.
As always, if you have questions about security, feel free to contact us any time. At Web Design by Knight, we are committed to offering you the best website management and security available.