The content you create and distribute for your business is a cornerstone of your success. But there’s a price to pay for using third-party platforms when sharing your marketing messages. Content published on third-party platforms like Facebook and YouTube is ultimately owned and controlled by those platforms.
The internet can be a dangerous place. Anyone operating a website must take smart steps to improve security.
It is ultimately impossible to make anything 100 percent foolproof, as we can see by the large number of major companies that continue to be attacked. But hardening your website against known threats and methods can go a long way toward encouraging hackers to go after other, less-secure targets.
Just by taking the following simple steps, you can rest easier and know that your website will be much less likely to be attacked.
1. Know Your Risk Level
While all sites and web users face some level of threat, there are categories that are more exposed. E-commerce, membership-based, or other monetized websites tend to be at a higher risk from hackers who can see immediately that there is more to be gained by a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack, ransomware, or other exploit. In any instance where you are accepting payments or bringing in revenue, be sure to take extra care in all matters related to security.
The WordPress project (wordpress.org) recently issues an update (4.9.3) that had a flaw in it. It was caught immediately and a patch (4.9.4) was released in just a few hours. If your website build is on WordPress 4.9.3, we recommend you upgrade immediately.