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How is your Website’s Health and is it Secure?

 How Can I Tell If My Website is Healthy & Secure?

Your Website might be designed well, although does it work well from a technical view?

First, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my Website secure?
  • How is my Website’s Health-score?
  • Is my SSL Certificate installed properly?
  • How’s my site speed? (fast loading website)
  • How’s my back-link counter?
  • Is my Website Mobile Friendly?
  • Do I have any HTML Errors?
  • Do I have any “Broken” Links?
  • Is my Website formatted for SEO?
  • Etc.

If you questioned any of the above, I will be providing some helpful tools in this blog that may help!

 

1. HTTPS

If your web page requires entry of personal or private information, check to see if the URL in the address bar of your internet browser starts with “https://”. The letter S is very important, since it signifies that the website is using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), a communications protocol for secure communication. If not, you should have this configured asap.

2. Website Privacy Policy

A website’s privacy policy contains very useful information on how data is collected from your website, how it’s used, and what security measures the business will take to make sure your private data is safe. If a website is lacking a proper privacy policy, you may want to consider implementing one.

3. Contact Information

Up-to-date contact information is another factor that helps determine if a site is secure. A site owner concerned about security will have, at the very least, a valid email address where any identified issues can be addressed. Ideally, the site will also include email, social media, telephone, and possibly a physical address. So, please be sure to have an updated “Contact Me or Us” section.

4. Health Score

There are much more details to your health score. You will need 3rd party software or vendor to provide an actual Health Score Analysis 

Although, the health score can provide very helpful information to ensure your website is operating top notch. Check out the sample dashboard below.

Website Health Score

5. Site Speed Test

Here is a tool to test your Website’s “site-speed” – Pingdom Website Speed Test

6. Mobile-Friendly Test

In a few seconds, you can type in a URL and find if the page has a mobile-friendly design. This is increasingly important based on the number of people who browse using mobile devices. Statistics show mobile devices actually surpassed desktop usage for the first time ever in 2016.

A green “Awesome” means your site is mobile-friendly; a red “Not mobile-friendly” means that you’ve got some work to do (check it out) – Google Webmaster Tool

7. Response Headers

Caching and other response headers can be confusing. REDbot will look at your server response headers, explain what each one means, and let you know if it finds any problems or inconsistencies.

8. HTTP Compression Test

Enabling compression on your website allows your content to download more quickly. Check to see if you have Gzip compression enabled. Doing so can reduce your bandwidth significantly – Gzip

In closing, be aware a healthy website will take continued maintenance throughout its lifetime. You must learn about the new features / tools as they’re released and implement accordingly. If you have any questions regarding your website, please feel free to comment below!

Thank you.

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Reduce Human Error in your business

Human Error: Understand the IT Threat

With over 90% of all cyber security breaches due to human error, it’s safe to say that mistakes in the workplace are more than costly. So what mishaps are your end users making, and what exactly are the repercussions to your organization? 

 

Many of the successful security attacks from external attackers who are preying on human weakness, waiting patiently for employees to be lured into providing access to sensitive information. Their human errors can be incredibly costly, especially since the insiders involved have access to a host of sensitive data.

One of the greatest impacts of a successful security breach is the exposure of this kind of information, loss of intellectual property and the infection of malware.

The Threat of Human Error

 

One of the most common mistakes made by employees, is sending sensitive documents to unintended recipients. This is relatively easy to solve when deploying security controls to monitor sensitive information being leaked from your organization.

These controls were once considered complex to deploy, but have now been made considerably easier to implement by vendors in recent years. This has dramatically reduced the level of user involvement required and increased the use of such controls.

These tools can also:

  • Prevent users from engaging in inappropriate behavior
  • Eliminate sending documents home via email, placing them on file-sharing sites or removable media such as USB sticks

See how the growing culture of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) exposes additional major concerns, especially with the risk of lost or stolen mobile devices. Again, technology vendors are available to help companies control what happens to data stored on such devices, even allowing sensitive data to be remotely wiped – so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Even the most trusted and highly skilled employees run major risks of human error. System and network administrators are commonly guilty of incorrect system configurations, poor patch management practices and the use of default names and passwords. There are numerous security controls that organizations can explore to guard against these types of threats.

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