Website Security and Backup – the forgotten in website development


Website security and backup go hand in hand. However, they are often not given a second thought by small business when creating a website for their business. In the excitement of creating a web presence, the threat of an attack and beauty of having a backup is often forgotten. And the beauty of having them in place is never apparent until your website has been compromised.

Before we delve further into backup, let’s explain the reality of things on the World Wide Web. The World Wide Web besides being a great place to source for information is also the playing ground for hackers with malicious intent. Every week alone, Google blacklists 20,000 websites for malware and 5000 sites for phishing. The threat of these hackers is very real. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, deface your website or even install malicious software,

So what does it mean to you – the site operator? A compromised website will affect your revenue as well as reputation. The situation is made worst if you are running an e-commerce site or collecting customer information from your website. In some instances, your website could also be used as part of a network to distribute malware or launch an attack. If reported to search engines like Google, your website might be blacklisted.

In extreme cases, you might be held hostage by ransomware operators who will not give you back the control of your website until you have to pay them a nice ransom fee.  This is a nightmare for business or brand owners.

As the cost of maintaining a dedicated server could be prohibitive, most SME websites are being hosted on a shared server with a 3rd party hosting provider.  These hosting providers have a security plan to protect their servers against common threats. However, due to the nature of a shared server where several other websites co-exist on the same server to share resources, Cross website contamination can happen whereby a malicious program has gained entry into a website can quickly start infecting or attacking other websites on the same server.

The above scenarios are real-world security issues and you need a website security plan in place. Though you can’t really eliminate 100% of these malicious activities, what you can do is to minimize or make it harder for your website to be compromised.

In the event of a compromise, that’s when the website backup comes in real handy. The backup will enable you to quickly restore your website to its pre-attack state. The ability to quickly restore it to this state is paramount in protecting your business reputation and not adversely affecting your online revenue. So drop us a note for a discussion to understand how your website can be better protected.

 

 

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