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is my website secure

If you’re wondering is my website secure? Then chances are… it’s probably not. The truth is, hackers are becoming more advanced. So now more than ever, it’s vital that your website is protected. Securing it against malware, hackers and other security breaches.

Like a home, your website can easily accumulate clutter. Excess plugins can be installed (or left alone without being updated). And without knowing, you make yourself vulnerable to hackers online. Your website houses valuable information. It’s incredibly important that you protect it properly, keeping it safe from prying eyes.

How do I make my website more secure?

The good news is, cleaning up your website can enhance security measures and make your website secure. Here are some of our top tips when it comes to improving your website security.

  1. Install malware protection and security scanning: You install virus protection on your computer – likewise, you’ll need security for your website. Chat to your web developer about security scanning and malware protection plugins that are suitable for your site and theme. If in doubt, contact us before making any changes.
  2. Time for a spring clean: Go through your website top to toe. Specifically take a look at your plugins. If you’re unsure if your website is secure, remove any unnecessary plugins. Make sure to do your research first, as deleting things you think are unnecessary may cause issues to your website look and functionality if you’re wrong. While you’re at it, update your essential plugins. Handy hint: Update plugins one at a time (not all at once, as it may cause your site to go down for a maintenance period while the big update takes place).
  3. Clean up user permissions: Now and then, you’ll need to provide access to your website to people outside your business. These people include your website developer, SEO specialist and Marketing Guru. Most businesses have granted various professionals access over a period of time. Therefore, it’s wise to check who still has access to your website. Do they still need it? If yes, great. If no, remove them.
  4. Assess and update your password: Is your password over 16 characters in length with a mix of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters? Do you have 2FA (2 factor authentication) in place? These things make it harder for hackers to gain access. So, if the answer is “no” to one of these questions, you know what to do.
  5. Make sure your website host performs routine backups just in case: A reliable website host will perform regular website backups as a standard practice. Here at Marketing Movement, we host all of our client websites through SiteGround, who run routine website backups every few months to ensure there’s a current version of your website ready to rumble, if something were to go wrong with your site.
  6. Ensure your site is hosted with a trustworthy company: We’ve had several clients shift over to us when they’ve experienced terrible hacking experiences with their website. If you’re not hosting your website through a reputable company who are contactable when you need them, then it’s time to make the switch. We host with Siteground, a reputable website host. This gives you peace of mind – as our small team are always here and easy to reach when you need us (and you won’t be waiting on hold for 2 hours each time!)

Want to check your website security? Contact us today and we’ll take a look for you and let you know if there’s anything you need to action! Contact us to request a free website security check and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more website tips and tricks.