Spring Clean Your Website Security

April 21st, 2014 by

Spring is here and with it comes the chance to dive in and clean house. Since you are giving everything else a fresh start, why not clean up your website as well?

Here at UK2 we take the security of your website very seriously, however only together can we provide the maximum protection for your site. We have put together some key things you can do to bolster your security:

Avoid Phishing Emails and Spam

Hackers gain access to your data in rather clever ways. Never give out your personal information or account details to an untrusted source. We recommend you avoid emails from unknown senders. Exercise caution with suspicious links with may contain malicious code.

Password Security

We cannot talk about this enough. Maintaining a secure password is one of the best defenses against potential threats. Here are some tips for creating new passwords:

  • At least 8 characters in length

  • At least one special character (#, %, $, etc…)

  • Alphanumeric character combination

  • Uppercase & Lowercase combination

Additionally, never use personal information or common words and phrases. Avoid patterns from your keyboard as well as common acronyms. Continue to keep your passwords updated and never use the same password in multiple places.

Update Software and Scripts

Most websites make use of scripts and plugins. Often when vulnerabilities are discovered, the provider will release a patch to maintain security. We recommend you check for updates regularly and take the time to ensure everything stays up to date. If you need assistance with this please reach out to our support team.

If your website uses a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla, check to make sure you are running the latest update. These applications are updated regularly and keeping things up to date will help safeguard your site. Many of these systems offer automatic updates to help you with this.

Keep a Website Backup

Regular backups of your site and databases can help you avoid data loss in the event of a hack or other hazard. We recommend taking a backup become part of your routine. If you need any help with this or would like information on the backup services we offer, please contact our team.

Spring cleaning gives us the opportunity for a fresh start, and your website can benefit from this too. We continue to do all we can to guard against threats and if you are able to implement these steps we can continue to protect against attacks.

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