Is your site secure?

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It used to be that a site only needed to be secure for ecommerce or other proprietary data. That’s no longer the case. All sites are supposed to be secure now as the problems by hackers are endemic. Don’t freak out! No authority is going to shut your site. Here are the current consequences for not having a secure site:

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Reasons to Fix

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  • Hacker Vulnerability

    • Of course we start with this. If a hacker get’s in, they can exploit the computer of everyone that visits your site. Do you want your prospects and clients getting infected? Of course not.

  • Site Gets Ranked Down

    • “I used to be on page 1 and now I am gone.” The search engines have downgraded sites that are not secure. Along with the “Mobile Friendly” designation, your site may all but disappear.

  • “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (A padlock is better than a crime report)

    • Compare the cost of fixing a hacked site versus putting an SSL Certificate on the door. Here’s an example:

  • Case Study:

    • A client of mine got his open source site hacked. The bad guys used data on the site to hack all of his 50 employees emails and then were able to slip into his on-site operations server. Next thing he knows, he gets a call from a man with a russian accent offering to release his server for 10 grand.

What’s My Next Move?

  • Get a Certificate

    • An SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), also called a Digital Certificate, creates a secure link between a website and a visitor's browser.

    • If your host does not include an SSL with the hosting contact your web host. If they can’t help, change your host.

    • They are coming down in price and some hosts offer them for free.

  • Check your Site or Get it Checked for a Certificate

    • Hosts that provide a paired web system with hosting (proprietary) already keep an eye on all security issues and take steps to close vulnerabilities for all of their clients all at once.

    • If you have an open-source system, a site guru may have to check it.

    • After the SSL Certificate is in place, there might be parts of the site that are still not secure. Some methods of displaying parts of other sites on yours can still cause a security leak.

    Is Someone Watching Over Me?

    • Open source systems need updating constantly. These “Free” systems ending up costing more. No one is watching your site and someone needs to.

  • If you are on a proprietary system, someone is. Whew!

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  • Hacker Vulnerability

    • Of course we start with this. If a hacker get’s in, they can exploit the computer of everyone that visits your site. Do you want your prospects and clients getting infected? Of course not.

  • Site Gets Ranked Down

    • “I used to be on page 1 and now I am gone.” The search engines have downgraded sites that are not secure. Along with the “Mobile Friendly” designation, your site may all but disappear.

  • “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (A padlock is better than a crime report)

    • Compare the cost of fixing a hacked site versus putting an SSL Certificate on the door. Here’s an example:

  • Case Study:

    • A client of mine got his open source site hacked. The bad guys used data on the site to hack all of his 50 employees emails and then were able to slip into his on-site operations server. Next thing he knows, he gets a call from a man with a russian accent offering to release his server for 10 grand.

What’s My Next Move?

  • Get a Certificate

    • An SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), also called a Digital Certificate, creates a secure link between a website and a visitor's browser.

    • If your host does not include an SSL with the hosting contact your web host. If they can’t help, change your host.

    • They are coming down in price and some hosts offer them for free.

  • Check your Site or Get it Checked for a Certificate

    • Hosts that provide a paired web system with hosting (proprietary) already keep an eye on all security issues and take steps to close vulnerabilities for all of their clients all at once.

    • If you have an open-source system, a site guru may have to check it.

    • After the SSL Certificate is in place, there might be parts of the site that are still not secure. Some methods of displaying parts of other sites on yours can still cause a security leak.

    Is Someone Watching Over Me?

    • Open source systems need updating constantly. These “Free” systems ending up costing more. No one is watching your site and someone needs to.

  • If you are on a proprietary system, someone is. Whew!

Need more answers?