Tuesday Tech TalkIs your business website ready for the holiday season?
Every business should take extra steps
to safeguard its customers’ information and protect business technologies
from hackers. Here are some recommended steps to get your business website ready for the holiday season: Plan Ahead
Make sure all SSL certificates are up-to-date, and update or change all encryption keys. Have your website creative completed and time implemented on your website. Technology exists today to allow you to create a season-specific theme for your website that will automatically launch on a given date and expire and revert back to the non-holiday look automatically. Install analytics and tracking software to make sure you're getting the most out of visitors to your website.Passwords
It is always a good practice to change passwords at least 3 times a year. Make your password hard to crack. Good passwords should include both uppercase and lower case characters, special characters (like #$%! etc.) and be at least 21 characters long. If you use a password generator, make sure the passwords are generated on your local device such as your laptop or desktop instead of your handheld, and to be extra safe, change a few of the characters in the auto generated password before you use the new password. A strong password would look like this: “g8T06^P4h&Jw@5X*8Aa79We." Using a phrase with numbers replacing some key text characters is also a great idea. A strong password is important to protect both personal information and business assets online.
Using a different password for each unique website login that is long and has multiple types of characters (numbers, letter and symbols) will help protect you and your business from someone hacking into your accounts. Backups
Make sure you have a current and up-to-date off-site cloud backup
of your website and database. Purge any stored credit card information. The best practice is to simply not store credit card or payment information at all.
Consider placing your sensitive information on a secondary computer with a second layer of protection. Emergency Plan
Have one. Work up some scenarios and have communications ready to send that deal with the following five items:
1. Denial of service attack;
2. Attacking of sensitive information;
3. Security breach of website, outdated software, badly programmed application;
4. Security breach of credit card information;
5. Web hosting server ceases to work or crashes
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