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5 Simple Ways to Improve Website Security
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5 Simple Ways to Improve Website Security

How can I check the security of a website?  How do I show that my website is trustworthy?   Why does my website say not secure?  These are  just a few questions asked by my clients.  This Tutorial Tuesday we will uncover 5 low impact and simple ways to secure your site.  For the entrepreneur on a tight budget, these would be the topics we’d discuss to set you on the right track. Let us begin.

Plugins
A plugin is a piece of software that acts as an add-on to a web browser and gives the browser additional functionality. Plugins can allow a web browser to display additional content it was not originally designed to display.  Most times these plugins leave your site vulnerable for attack so it is important to only install those that are needed.  Don’t panic.  These things are patched regularly.  Developers are constantly working to make these add ons better and more secure.  The best way to stay updated is to sign up for an update announcement list and if possible try and backup your site regularly and test all new updates and plugins in a sandbox.
SSL CERTIFICATE 
SSL Certificates create a secure connection between the visitor’s web browser and the company’s server that the customer needs to interact with.  This secure connection safely handles sensitive information keeping attackers from stealing credit card data and other important information.  SSL Certificates provide a sense of security for visitors and site owners alike making visitors more likely to stay on a website for longer periods of time.  Cloudflare offers a great free solution however setup can be a little difficult  for the novice.  Read last week’s blogpost for more information on SSL Certificates and how to take advantage of GTECHTEAM’s SSL CERTIFICATE offer.
CAPTCHA
OK.  What the heck is CAPTCHA?   Well it stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.  That’s alot but what does it do??? What does that mean?  Well the CAPTCHA system is used to make sure that a human is using the computer and not a bot.  CAPTCHA is used by email services to prevent automatic creation of a huge number of email accounts and to protect form submissions on blogs, shopping carts, and emailing list registration fields.
MALWARE Security
As stated last week, malware is a serious threat to internet security. Website malware is designed in such a way that it often exploit software vulnerabilities and perform malicious activities such as gaining control of a victim’s computer,  stealing the victim’s private information, launching denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and spamming.
Below are some site plugins to use in no particular order that offer malware protection.
  1. Jetpack
  2. Securi
  3. Wordfence
  4. Malware (paid plugin)
GTECH also offers comprehensive website security which includes malware protection.  Click here to learn more. https://products.gtechteam.com/products/website-security
Password Security
Password security is probably one of the easiest and most valuable things to practice.   We recommend that you never use recognizable usernames for administrative and super user accounts.  Try to stay away from usernames like “admin”.  Try and use multi-factor authentication.  Multi-factor authentication is an authentication method in which a computer user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence to an authentication mechanism: knowledge, possession, and inherence.  Also try to use a strong password.   Strong passwords consist of a minimum of 12 characters; includes numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lowercase letters; and isn’t a dictionary word or combination of dictionary words.

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