Website Security Advice

  • By: Cris M.
  • Mar 19, 2015
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It is important to discuss and explain website security. Cyber crime is a growing concern. Google, Vodafone, Dropbox, eBay have all being hacked in recent months.

Hackers have basically 3 reasons to attack your website: steal important information, upload spamming software, or destroy your codes for the sake of it. Our hosting company, Flex Web Hosting, keeps backups of all our clients websites, making it possible to recover badly damaged websites in a timely manner. On the other hand, there is not much that can be done if your information gets stolen. We don’t recommend storing credit card details or other sensitive information in your website. If you intend to do so, we can guide you on the steps to minimise the chances of getting the information stolen.

Website security is an aspect every business should be aware of, and take all possible precaution to protect their assets. We keep very secure servers with 2 layers of firewall: Physical Rack, Server Software.

The Physical firewall makes it practically impossible to penetrate the server as it is a physical block by location. The attacker must be in a specified physical location in order to try to gain access to the server. The Server software firewall will stop common threats and abuse to your hosting account (e.g: cPanel).

The third layer of security is inside your website. The majority of the hacks happen via the website. These are a few things you can do to protect and improve security at website level:

    • Make sure the system/framework of your website is up to date. This an even more important recommendation for WordPress and Joomla sites. Please note: some automatic updates might break your design or custom functionality.
    • Install a firewall on your website, when available.
    • Use strong passwords at all times and store them in a safe place. You can use this great tool to generate strong passwords: http://www.webdevelopmentmelbourne.org/
    • Make sure your computers and laptops are secure and free of viruses and hacks. We recommend to keep the OS (Mac or Windows) updated, install an anti-virus, turn on the firewall and ensure you are using the latest version of your browser (Chrome, Mozilla, Safari and Explorer).

Talk to us if you want to run a free website security check (only available for Flex Web Hosting clients). If you want further assistance with security, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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