Change default settings
Default settings are often the same for everyone who buys a software application or hardware product. This means that anyone else using the same apps you do may know your login credentials. So change them as soon as you install a new product.
Backup your files
A secure website is backed up. Backing up your files gives you a way to quickly recover from any type of cybersecurity attack. Mailchimp's website builder offers the option to automatically backup your files when you set up your website. This is strongly recommended because it is too easy to forget.
It is important to keep backup files in a secure location separate from your website files. This is because if a hacker gets into your web account, they also have access to your backups. Saving your files offline gives you an alternative to paying a ransom because you can restore the encrypted files yourself instead of paying the criminals.
Use a web application firewall (WAF)
If you’re wondering how to secure a website against cross-site scripting and SQL injection, look no further than web application firewalls.
Essentially, a web application firewall acts as a shield between your web applications and the rest of the internet. It monitors all HTTP traffic that wish to pass through to your web app, blocking any that attempt to exploit its vulnerabilities.
For ecommerce websites that handle cardholder data in particular, implementing a WAF can help you meet certain compliance requirements.
Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA)
Enabling multi-factor authentication can add an extra layer of protection to your data. In addition to your password, you’ll now need another form of verification, such as a one-time password, QR code, or push notification on one of your mobile devices, to access your applications and accounts.
Even if a hacker successfully attains one of your credentials, they will likely be dissuaded by the MFA process. Put an emphasis on data encryption to take your website security to the next level.
As a website owner, especially if you have a small business, it is crucial to make your data as unappealing and inaccessible as possible. Even the simplest security tools and security enhancements can make a huge difference when it comes to creating a secure site.
Regularly monitor logs and conduct security audits
Sometimes, keeping your website up-to-date is not enough, you’ll also need to continuously upgrade your security strategy to stay ahead of phishing attacks and more.
Monitor your logs and conduct security audits to find the gaps present within your IT infrastructure. For example, take a look at your website server settings, core files, and user access privileges. How can you make your website safer for your business and more efficient for your site visitors?
Do you need to install security plugins or anti-malware software? Or do you have SSL certification that needs to be renewed? Use an automated security audit tool or invest in a professional safety check to get a clear idea of your site's health.
Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
While a content delivery network is typically used to improve website performance, the right CDN can also secure a website by offering DDoS protection.
Built to handle a large amount of traffic, a CDN can redistribute the sudden increase in traffic that comes with a DDoS attack. This way, your origin web server stays up and doesn't get overwhelmed.
Limit sensitive information collected and stored
Many businesses need to collect and store personal information in their databases in order to operate.
Information like names, addresses, social security numbers, credit card details, phone numbers, and passwords can be necessary for payroll, order fulfillment, social media management, and other key business functions. How do we make sure to keep this sensitive data safe?
Start with organizing your databases, get a good idea of all the information you have and dispose of what you no longer need.
Educate and train employees on best practices
Whether your business uses a WordPress website or a static HTML website, having a secure website takes more than just the right security plugins and security services.
Regardless of their position in your organization, your employees also need to have a good understanding of website security and data handling. From classes on GDPR compliance to password workshops, make it a priority to invest in cybersecurity training for your employees.
Prepare a recovery plan before anything happens
Cybersecurity attacks can still happen no matter how diligent or careful you are to maintain security on your websites. Prepare a recovery plan just in case. Drill your team occasionally to make sure the plan is current and everyone knows what needs to be done.
Maintaining security for websites is a constant process. New vulnerabilities appear every day. If a breach happens, get your website back online. Once your business is up and running again, look at what happened and take steps to keep it from happening again.
Bring your brand to life with your own website. Design from scratch, connect a domain, analyze traffic, and optimize for SEO. Try Mailchimp's free website builder and bring your vision to life in less than an hour.