Becoming Hacker Safe:
Top Three Ways to Protect Your Website

With all the amazing new technology we have today, (like iPhones, iPads, Ebooks, Google,) much of what we do is connected to the internet.

People can access the internet just about anywhere, school, work, home, libraries, even on their phones and in the car. Since we have the opportunity to be online wherever we go, we are constantly working, playing and searching on the internet.

Sadly, with every positive attribute the internet gives us, there are also the negative. Hackers, skilled and trained in finding loopholes, have the ability to access servers and retrieve personal information. And because most website owners protect their transactions through SSLs but fail to protect their websites through vulnerability scans, the only hackers that are not employed are those that are in prison. It is so crucial to know how to be hacker safe, so that you can protect yourself from any fraudulent scams and identity theft.

Below I have listed the TOP THREE WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE. Hackers are serious and though website security may seem like a insignificant part of how you do business now, when you are the victim of a hacker, everything in your world will be flipped upside down.

  1. Get an SSL from a well-respected company. This will not protect your website from hackers, but it will protect credit card transactions while they are in route from your website to the merchant bank.
  2. Run vulnerability scans from a reliable security company who uses an approved scanning vendor. These security scans will check for possible tunnels or trails hackers use to infiltrate your site. When they find them, they will send you a report with instructions on how to repair the vulnerability. At a minimum you should run the scans quarterly. This is the minimum amount allowed by the Payment Card Industry’s Security Standards Council. If you have an ecommerce business, your merchant bank requires quarterly scanning. If there are security issues and you do not scan your site, you, not your merchant bank, are financially responsible for it, including any legal suits.
  3. Get a Trust Seal on your website showing that you regularly scan your site for vulnerabilities! The seal is a small image that when clicked on displays a certificate showing that your website is free of vulnerabilities. Sure, seals will get you more sales because your online consumers feel safe navigating your site. But more importantly, hackers will see the seal, know that your site is clean, and move on to a site that isn’t protected.

Being hacker safe is relatively pain free and can save numerous headaches later – including the theft of your customers and their financial information. Keep your website protected by using an SSL, a security scan, and a trust seal. Sites get hacked everyday. Take the initiative and protect your online business from those who have the means to destroy it.