If you are selling online, security is absolutely imperative. If you had a storefront, you wouldn't merely walk out the door at the end of the day without setting an alarm, locking the door, and securing important information, so why would you do it online? If you have no system of security for your website, you are essentially leaving an unlocked door with a welcome sign to hackers. However, chances are you aren't a techie, you're just a writer, or a hardware salesman, or a florist, whatever it is you do. How are you supposed to know what to do to protect your website? Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to help secure your online site without getting a degree in Computer Sciences.
When you set up an account, be it Facebook, Twitter, or your web page hosting account, there is usually an option you can select in the settings that says "Always use HTTPS". You're going to want to click that. If you don't, anyone can access your site and information. Literally, anyone. They don't have to be a professional hacker, or even know anything about hacking. All it takes is for them to download one simple extension to their web browser, and if you're using a Wi-Fi connection, your information is theirs.
Make the Connection
Always link your Facebook and any other account you have to your mobile phone if the option is available. Most of the time you will be able to set alerts that will be sent to you any time the account is accessed either from another device, or from a location other than where you normally are. This is crucial to online security.
Have a Split Personality
Ok, tell Mr. Hyde to go away, that's not the kind of split personality you need! What you do need, however, is an antisocial and a social personality when it comes to email. Keep two email addresses at all times. Use one for social networks, marketing, business cards, wherever you want people and customers to find you and contact you if they are interested in what you have to offer. Keep the other for things you want to be kept personal, like your bank, your web hosting login, and the like. That way, if a hacker finds one of your accounts, the social account, your personal information won't be at stake.
Change it Up
Change your passwords very frequently, and never use the same password for all of your accounts. It can be very hard to remember one password, let alone several, so a good trick is to keep a one-page document, password protected on a thumb-drive and also in your anti-social email account, with all of your passwords. That way, the document is secure (you will have to remember that password), and you only have one password to remember. Also, this allows you to do whatever you want in the creation of your other passwords because you'll be able to store them, so you won't have to worry about forgetting numbers or special characters, and can make your passwords more secure as a result.
When you're in online business, you have to make sure that you aren't leaving your information exposed to those who want to steal it. This is particularly important if you have client information stored, as it can expose you to legal action if you don't take all necessary measures to protect their information, as well as yours. While there are certainly more tips available for securing your online website, these basic steps are a great starting point to ensuring you have locked the metaphorical door at the end of your business day.
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