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Feb

How do I know if my website is secure?

How do I know if my website is secure?
In todays digitally-oriented world, website security is crucial. With 51% of UK customers preferring to shop online, it’s paramount for data protection that your website security is indomitable. But how is one to know? We discuss everything you need to know about website security, and what you can do to mitigate the risks of an unprecedented attack.

What exactly is website security?

Website security is the cumulative phrase for all of the actions you can take in order to keep both the website files and customer data safe.

Website security checks

When it comes to website security, there are a number of processes that you need to be aware of to ensure that both your company, and user data is safe. The below points are just some of the things to consider.

Where and how is my website hosted?

Your website will be hosted on a powerful computer known as a ‘server’, however knowing where this server is stored and who has access to is crucial in protecting your website.

HTTPS & SSL Security

Part of securing the connection between your website and your users involves an ‘SSL Certificate’. In previous years, most URLs would begin with ‘http://’ which is the foundation of all data communication via the World Wide Web. Today, we have ‘HTTPS’ which secures the connection between the website user and the website itself. This ensures that any information your customers and/or clients input on your website is secure and protected, which in turn makes it more difficult for a third party, or hacker, to get their hands on data.

How am I storing data?

How you are storing data can be one of the most important processes when it comes to website security. Generally, data will be stored on the same server in which your website is hosted however, do you know how credentials are kept? Are passwords encrypted or hashed? Does the database have a secure username and password? Have you got a firewall in place?

Am I regularly updating my CMS and/or any plugins my website uses?

Your CMS is the backbone of your website, and making sure it’s up to date is the easiest way to protect you from an unprecedented attack. As well as new features, updates to apps, plugins and frameworks often come with security fixes and enhancements. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep on top of your updates to ensure that your website is as secure possible. This should be done on a daily basis.

Passwords, and 2-factor authentication

When it comes to security, it’s advisable to change your passwords periodically (once every few months should do). Two-factor authentication can also increase website security, as it involves using personal information. This could be a password, security question or card reader.

If you need help with your on-going security checks, please feel free to contact a member of our team by calling 0800 084 3086 or by emailing your query to hello@kolodo.com. We’d be more than happy to give you some free advice.