Tuesday, 18 May 2010

How to protect my website

When building a site, one of the main concerns and factors has always been how to protect the site, and to ensure that the site is fully protected.  The last thing anyone wants is their site being corrupt, hacked, or even their data being stolen, on a site that you have spent allot of time, money and even energy in constructing, collecting all the data, going through the design process and even the development.   For many business their website is the main source of income, when a site gets effected and goes down, its not just the hassles of making the site live again, it also has a knocking effect on the business revenue, and not to mention the SEO work that has gone behind the site, also gets affected.

When we build a website we make sure its according to the web standard and we take into considerations in fully protecting your site, in ensuring the coding and the scripts of the site are fully secure.
I have come up with a quick check list and steps to make sure you as the website owner take all the precautions in protecting your site too.

1. Updating Scripts and Plugins

As your site gets older, your scripts and plugins on your site become out dated, as new scripts, updated and patches get developed. Make sure that your site is up-to date with the latest scripts and plugins that have been used in your development. By using out of date scripts and plugins, you leave your site venerable to attacks.  You can ask your developer to upgrade your sites scripts. We at Alrayes have a monthly maintenance package that will cover your site to ensure your sites is up to date with the latest scripts.

2. Upgrades Open Source Platform

If you are using an open source platform, such as Joomla, Magento, Wordpress.etc, its important that you keep up to date with the latest version. Again new versions and upgrade come out every so often, its best to check and installed the latest upgrade.

3. SSL Certificate

If you have e-commerce site or a platform where you are capturing customer details, its best to have an SSL certificate, this will ensure that all of your online transections are safe and secure, giving your customers a peace of mind and assurance, as their info / data will be encrypted as it gets transmitted.

4. Passwords

Make sure you keep your passwords to your admin and hosting control panel safe. Many users use the same passwords elsewhere, and also save it somewhere where it can easily be found, which is not recommended. When choosing a passwords, its good practice to chose a password that consists of letters, numbers and characters. Also changing your password every so often is a good idea. Don't give out access to people that don't need it.

5. Backup

Make this a habit, back-up your site regularly as it always comes in use on a rainy day. Most hosting control panels offer this as a service where you can back up the site and download all the files in a zip format. If your site is hosted by Alrayes, you can backup your full site easily via our Cpanel.

6. Anti Virus Program

Virus and attacks come in all forms and sizes. By ensuring you have an upto date and a good security program installed on your computer, you are reducing the chances of your site catching a virus from one of your files on your hard drive, while your working on the site. Its always a good idea to ensure you are fully protected.

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