Let’s be honest with ourselves, it is not until a security breach has occurred that we all rush to prioritize security measures. I mean, I too was in that lot, reluctant to secure my house with quality locks until someone broke in. All the same, the last-minute rush syndrome affects and threatens our own businesses. For all too many businesses, We do not take web security with importance.
It is the high time we learn to be proactive and defensive when it comes to our web security.
From our technical team desk, we highlight some of the major pitfalls you should be aware of. This will help reduce the vulnerability of your website and strengthen your web security.
Always use strong passwords for the following; your cPanel, FTP, emails, databases & dashboard. What is a strong password? We recommend that your passwords should have a mix of characters, digits &symbols.
# Saving your password on a browser.
We all dislike logging in every time we want access to emails or a cPanel. Occasionally, we save the password on the browser for quick login. This is a risky affair, avoid saving the password. You better be safe than sorry.
# Sharing passwords.
DO NOT share your password unless it is very necessary. In case you have to share, make sure you change the password later.
# Secure internet connection.
We all like free internet connections, don’t we? More likely, you walk into your favorite restaurant or library or park that has public Wi-Fi and are tempted to do one, two, three from your cPanel. You are putting all your details at great risk. Use a secure internet connection when accessing your cPanel. Refrain from using open internet connections e.g. public Wi-Fi or cyber cafes.
# Secure your PC.
The PC you use to access cPanel and emails should be secured with a strong internet security antivirus.
# Change your passwords periodically.
Always change your passwords often. You can opt to change bi-monthly, quarterly or whichever timeline you are comfortable with.
# Scan your cPanel.
Always scan your cPanel for any malicious files and scripts. Here is a link with steps on how to scan your cPanel.
# SSL certificate.
For e-commerce websites or any site that allows online transactions, we advise you to purchase and install an SSL certificate to encrypt any communication done via the site.
How does an SSL certificate help? It ensures sensitive information is not intercepted and is only accessible only to the intended recipient.
Purchase an SSL certificate here
# Saving Passwords on your PC.
A number of us create sticky notes or a notepad or word document with all the passwords typed in. This is a habit we should get rid of. There are high chances that someone might outsmart you. You risk giving that person a very easy time to access your accounts.
# Email security on Outlook.
Always secure your PC with a password. This will help reduce easy access to your outlook emails.