Website Security: How Vulnerable Are You?

Let’s get right to the point. What website security do you have in place at the moment? More importantly, is it up to date and effective? Regardless of whether you run a blog, a small business page or an ecommerce site, you’re still a target.

Why Do You Need Website Security?

Your website is your identity.

It’s more than just an online presence or a simple business listing.Your website represents you and just like your personal identity, you need to actively keep it secure from hackers, malware, spam and numerous other internet evils. Whether it’s stealing credit card details from your payment page to just plain distasteful defacement of your site, you want to keep your reputation clean.

Your website is an investment.

You put a lot of time, money and thought into your website. Just like anything you invest in, the whole point is to enjoy the returns. Falling victim to security loopholes in your website can lead to multiple losses and possibly even lawsuits from users! Keep all your weak points covered to make sure you get that ROI.

What Are You Up Against?

Online threats are often unseen and infiltrate a website without leaving obvious traces. When discovered, it can be too late. Here are four of the most common attacks on websites based on Sucuri, the authority source on website security.  

  1. Access Control – This is basically like picking a lock until it opens. Hackers employ automated attempts at randomly inputting usernames and passwords until a match is achieved. Just like that, they’re in.
  2. Software Vulnerabilities – Bugs are inevitable in any coding process. Until they are found and repaired, they are possible points of entry. Attackers will use multiple methods like injecting scripts into code to try and find those gaps in your fence.
  3. Third-Party Integrations – installing plugins and acquiring third-party services to improve website performance has become the norm especially with content management systems like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. However, if these integrations become compromised, it’s beyond your control. One common example is “Malvertising” where malware is present in ads on your site.
  4. Poorly Managed Environments – Where you host your site matters. Some companies offer dirt cheap rates but stinging on hosting might end up with your site placed on a poorly maintained server or possibly sharing a server with some NSFW websites which in turn, can affect your SEO ratings.

What Website Security Should You Consider?

Anyone who owns a site or is thinking about starting one should have a basic idea of the kind of website security that best suits their needs. Relying on the security provided by a content management system alone is not enough.

The level of security you require depends on the type of website. The most basic form of protection is a web application firewall to block attacks. You will also need reactive and proactive scanning to make sure you’re constantly checking for internal and external vulnerabilities so you can stop and attack before it even starts.

How Project Assistant Handles Website Security.

Website security should never be a post-launch afterthought. At Project Assistant, we make sure a website is protected from day 1 of coding. Our applications have dedicated servers and two applications are rarely ever hosted together. We keep a close eye on things by maintains and managing our own custom server stacks, so we’re the first to know and take action on any issue.

Recently, we’ve been working with Sucuri who are the authority source on website security. Sucuri uses a holistic website security approach, combining multiple tools and processes to create overlapping layers of protection. With Sucuri, we’re able to take our security to the next level, offering clients a better and safer experience.

We want to offer our clients peace of mind. Project Assistant’s all-around defense plan boosts our current website security protocol exponentially by amplifying it with Sucuri. Don’t lose sleep at night over wondering whether your site is safe. Talk to us about your doubts and we’ll put together a custom security package that’s built to suit your needs.

Nana Measures

Nana Measures

Nana is the all-around artisan at Project Assistant. She’s our Operations Manager and is excellent at cloning herself to do five things at once. Although she may be shorter than most people in the office, her lack in height is made up for by her determination to get the job done. Nana is usually the first person to invite everyone to grab a bite after work or to pickup the phone and order takeout. She’s also crazy about dogs and thinks they are better than some humans.