A hacker attack occurs every 39 seconds in Australia, affecting one in three Australians every year.

Don’t leave the front door of your site wide open! You need to secure your website, which means putting protection in place to keep out hackers, bugs, and other online nasties. Otherwise, your data could be at risk, your site could crash, or you could even lose money.

Here’s how to make a website secure:

  1. Install SSL – buying a simple Secure Sockets Layer certificate is a crucial first step.
  2. Use anti-malware software – to scan for and prevent malicious attacks.
  3. Make your passwords uncrackable – 123456 won’t cut it, always use at least 8 characters (the longer the better!) with a mix of upper and lowercase, symbols and numbers. Don’t use common words or personal information.
  4. Change your password regulary
  5. Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA). Put simply your site will send you a unique code each time you login to your website to complete the login process. This code is usually received in email or on a mobile device using an authenticator app.
  6. Keep your website up to date – using out-of-date software is like leaving your back door unlocked.
  7. Don’t help the hackers – look out for phishing emails and other scams.
  8. Manually accept on-site comments – keep control over potentially dodgy comments.
  9. Run regular backups – to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Hacking can result in huge losses in traffic, your site crashing, being suspended, and even identity theft and loss of money. Your personal data, and that of your visitors, could be at risk.

Here’s a useful password policy from CERTNZ