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10 Easy Ways to Keep Your Website Safe

After 25 years in the business, one thing remains clear: website security is always top of mind for our clients. Despite advancements in technology, the concern over keeping websites safe hasn’t diminished. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, many website owners find themselves feeling overwhelmed and unsure if they’re doing enough to protect their digital assets. It’s a common question we hear time and time again: “How can I make sure my website is secure?” And it’s a question that deserves attention.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss 10 simple ways to protect your website and give you peace of mind in today’s digital world.

  1. Keep Software Updated: Ensure your website’s content management system (CMS), plugins, and themes are always up to date to patch vulnerabilities and protect against exploits.
  2. Use Strong Passwords: Implement strong, unique passwords for your website admin accounts and encourage your team members to do the same.
  3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Add an extra layer of security by requiring users to verify their identity with a second form of authentication, such as a code sent to their phone.
  4. Backup Regularly: Regularly backup your website’s data and files to a secure offsite location to minimize data loss in the event of a security breach or hardware failure.
  5. Install SSL Certificate: Secure your website’s connection with visitors by installing an SSL certificate to encrypt data transmitted between their browsers and your server.
  6. Implement Web Application Firewall (WAF): Protect your website from common online threats, such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS), by deploying a web application firewall.
  7. Monitor for Suspicious Activity: Keep a close eye on your website’s traffic and server logs for any signs of unauthorized access or suspicious behavior.
  8. Limit Access Privileges: Restrict access to sensitive areas of your website, such as the admin dashboard, to only authorized users who need it.
  9. Educate Your Team: Train your team members on basic cybersecurity best practices, such as how to identify phishing emails and avoid clicking on suspicious links. Take a moment to refresh yourself on some common online scams here.
  10. Partner with Security Experts: When in doubt, seek help from experienced professionals like GM Web Services. Our expertise and guidance can provide invaluable support in safeguarding your website against cyber threats.

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