Step 10 – Security Measures for your Small Business Website

12 Part Series for a Small Business Website

Running a small business requires juggling many tasks, and ensuring your website is secure should be a top priority. A secure website builds trust with your users and search engines, which directly impacts your traffic and sales. This guide will help you understand the importance of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates and other essential website security practices.

Current Security Measures

SSL Certificate Installation

Your first step in securing your website is obtaining an SSL certificate. If you’re already using a hosting service provider, they can often help you install one. For example, our Simple Website Service Customers benefit from SSL certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit certificate authority that ensures robust security.

Additional Security Measures

Regular Software Updates

Keep your website’s software, including your content management system (CMS) and plugins, up to date. Updates often include security patches that protect against vulnerabilities.

Strong Password Policies

Implement strong password policies for all accounts associated with your website. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, and change passwords regularly.

Web Application Firewall (WAF)

A WAF can protect your website from malicious traffic by filtering and monitoring HTTP traffic between a web application and the internet.

Daily Backups

Regularly backup your website to ensure that you can quickly restore it in case of a security breach. Automated daily backups are ideal for minimizing data loss.

Secure Hosting Environment

Choose a reputable hosting provider that offers robust security features, including malware scanning, DDoS protection, and server monitoring.

Securing your small business website is not just about protecting data; it’s about building trust with your users and search engines. An SSL certificate is a critical first step, but it shouldn’t stop there. Implementing additional security measures like regular updates, strong passwords, a web application firewall, daily backups, and a secure hosting environment will help ensure your website remains trusted and secure.

Simple Website Service

Simple Website Service is an affordable, turn-key, custom professional website service for small business owners. Our website design solution comes with full ongoing support for updates, maintenance, security and backup. Our customers speak with a REAL person. With over 100 customers, our singular focus allows us to keep costs down for our customers. Small business websites are ALL we do. For over 17 years, we’ve listened to our customers – small business owners who need help creating professional websites that truly represent their brand. But, traditional options are expensive and time consuming while templated do-it-yourself solutions fail to capture the essence of what makes their businesses unique. That’s why we created Simple Website Service for small business owners who don’t have the time to wade through the complexities of a web project.

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