Many new and growing companies feel the market pressure to create a business website to maintain an online presence. Your competitors have websites, your customers enjoy shopping online, plus it’s a free path to making your business easily accessible to potential customers around the world. Entering the online world can open a lot of doors to growing your business and increasing your revenue, but it is important to remember that creating and maintaining a website is a long term commitment.
Along with developing a compelling design and interesting content, you want to make sure you have proper protection in place. Website security is an important, but often overlooked, component of launching a business website. If a hacker has an entryway to your website information, they can steal personal and financial data of your business and customers. This could potentially cripple your business and ruin your reputation – how frightening is that?
Here at iboost, we strive to provide you with all of the tools you need to successfully launch your entrepreneurial venture. Here are some website security tips we have compiled to make sure your online presence is as secure as possible:
• Reduce your risk of being hacked by always staying up-to-date on your software. Turn your Updater on or regularly check your internet connection, computer hardware, software tools, and website design to make sure your technology is running with the appropriate applications.
• Use strong passwords that contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Make sure it is at least 8-10 characters long and not an obvious or easily guessable word or phrase.
• If you’re an online merchant, become PCI compliant. PCI compliance is a minimum security standard put into place by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DDS) to bring all merchants to a minimum level of security so that transmitted credit card data remains private and secure.
• Utilize proactive scanning technology to examine your website to locate any possible vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. We’re a fan of SiteLock’s daily scanning technology that checks our website each day for malware, spam, and other threats and sends daily status emails with an alert if anything is amiss.
• Put fraud prevention measures in place. There are practices that online merchants can abide by to keep their businesses protected, including not processing a transaction until you have all of the customers’ information; requiring a CVV code, contact phone number and billing address during credit card transactions; and contacting customers after an order is placed to make sure they placed the order.
These are just a few of the security measures that you can take to keep your online business as protected as possible. There are many tips and tricks available online for keeping your website safe, based on the platform that it resides on and the complexity of its components. We encourage you to use our tips to get started, and then do your own research to find complete security measures that fit your online business!