CMS Live's Cyber Security Top Tips

CMS Live’s Cyber Security Top Tips

Martin Starkie CMS Live Services, Online Security, Server Side & Web Technical, Web Specialists Blog

Over the last eighteen months there has been lots of high profile security attacks, the sheer amount prove that the attackers mean business.  They are targeting any website that proves to be vulnerable.

October is European Cyber Security Month so we are going to help you stay up to speed on how you can keep yourself, your business and your website safe and secure online.

From our experience and knowledge with specialised website hosting and server management we have put together a list of top tips to ensure your website is ready for any attack.

Lets start with the things we already know…

  • Keep your passwords long and strong. A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase.
  • You can download a password manager such as SecureSafe to help you keep track.
  • Don’t sign onto to any free wifi that you don’t know because they might steal your data

And now lets look at the things maybe we didn’t know about…

  • Keep an eye on third-party threats to your data – for example, know who your suppliers are and what data they have access to
  • Make sure your employees are up to speed with basic cyber security.  Its an idea to dedicate one employee you trust to manage this training.
  • If an employee leaves you need to have a protocol in place which makes it simple to terminate their access and data.
  • If you operate a BYOD (bring your own device) for staff you need to make sure there are safeguards in place and your staff are aware of the risks
  • Never ignore WordPress, eCommerce, core or plugin updates as they will include any bug fixes and security updates.

If you sign up to our monthly support package will will take care of this automatically for you.

  • If you have the option to do a two or multi-factor authentication for your online accounts its considered good practice 
  • When a website is asking for your personal info you should always check HTTPS connection in the URL address bar before filling out the form
  • Keep an eye on the news and sign up to security newsletters to stay up to date with the latest hacks that could affect you!

Or you could join #TeamCMS and we will keep your website secure and safe for you

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