What is Safer Internet Day?
Today – 7th February 2017 is Safer Internet Day (referred to as #SaferInternetDay or #SID2017 on social media). It is a day dedicated to educating younger users of the Internet about keeping safe and secure online. Many companies, organisations, schools and more team up to promote keeping young people safe online.
So, in the spirit of ‘Safer Internet Day’ – here’s a few tips on Website Security in 2017.
Starting with HTTPS
The best way to ensure your website security and visitors are safe is to install a SSL Certificate on your domain. There are many different types of SSL Certificates, and depending on the type of website you are running. For the majority of users a ‘Standard’ SSL will work just fine. If you use our web hosting services, it’s a great addition to your package and we can provide assistance and support getting started. As part of Google’s ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ campaign, they offer a higher ranking for websites which have a valid SSL Certificate. Many modern browsers are starting to display to the user if the website is secure or not also – which can be the difference between making or losing a sale. Users don’t have to get to your checkout before they can see if your website is secure.
This can cause huge problems with spam, malware & other nasty infections if you’re not on the ball. You need to ensure that all website software including: plugins, themes, extensions and the core software, is fully up-to-date at all times. Software such as WordPress which recently had a critical security vulnerability, require updates almost weekly. Luckily, WordPress tend to take care of this themselves through automatic updates.
We always recommend using a generated password for all services. In addition to this we recommend using KeePass to store your newly created passwords and ensure that you have secure, randomly generated passwords for each service that you use. We do not recommend using easily guessed passwords – such as the ones on this list here.