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Have You Scanned Your Website? Is it Secure?

Today’s blog will provide some tips on “how to scan your website for security vulnerabilities”

If you own a website / business you must protect your image and business reputation by securing your website correctly. Many website owners think design first and security / proper infrastructure last. I believe you need to build your foundation first, backup plan second, and beautiful design as you go.

Many people ask, “why would someone want to hack my website?”SecurityRI

Simple… Money and Exposure – Listed below are some hacker tactics to be aware of:

  1. Website Defacement – an attack on a website that changes the visual appearance of your site or web page. These are typically the work of deface-hackers who break into a web server and replace the hosted website with one of their own. Website Defacement is commonly known as a type of virtual graffiti / vandalism of your website.
  2. Ransomware – Hackers install malicious software to prevent you from accessing your website. The only way to unblock your website, is to pay the hacker’s fee. Also, in many cases the victim will pay the hacker, just to find their website is still locked! Ransomware, indicates why it’s so important to have proper backups for your website.
  3.  Email Spam – Compromised websites can be used to send email spam, and in many cases the site owner may not even be aware. Hackers will use the email spam to spoof your followers / customers into providing personal information, such as credit card numbers.
  4. Hacking with Political Motive – Some vigilante groups are trying to raise awareness about political issues and or create chaos. Therefore the hacker(s) will utilize your website as a messaging platform to spread their word. This is another form of vandalism on your website.
  5. Storing Illegal Files – Hackers store millions of files like shareware, pirated movies, programs, etc. that tend to take up increased website disk space. When these files run on your server, they tend to decrease your website speed. If your website is discovered with the illegal files, it can be suspended and blacklisted by Google as well.
After noticing some of my website vulnerabilities, “how can i protect my website?” Secure my website
  1. Implement a Firewall and Antiviral Application / Keep Them Updated – If you have a WordPress website, you can download Firewall Plugins: such as – Sucuri, Cloudflare, SiteLock, Wordfense Security, BulletProof Security.
  2. Use Current Versions of your Website Theme – Ensure you and/or your Managed Service Company is monitoring your website for plugin updates on a daily, and weekly basis.
  3. Secure How you Log Into Your Website “Back-end” – Create a secure login technique, such as two-step authentication process.
  4. Secure your Website with HTTPS – Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of data between the user’s computer and the site. Users expect a secure and private online experience when using a website. I encourage you to invest in HTTPS / SSL Certificate for your website as well.
  5. Monitor Login Attempts – Have a notification system configured that alerts you with website updates / who is accessing your website, and from where?
In closing, Remember to keep your site safe.. and INNOVATE!

Investigate new security tactics for your website. Technology is an ever-growing platform, which will continue to change – yearly, monthly or even daily. If you’re unfamiliar with website security, you can always outsource the service with a Managed Service Provider such as, SecurityRI.com. We would gladly observe / audit your website at zero charge. For additional information, you may contact me at any time or email [email protected],

Thank you!

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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!

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