Keeping your online store safe and secure is a crucial part of running an online business, but you probably already knew this. Security technology is a rapidly changing and it can be hard for business owners to keep up. Thankfully, there are some relatively simple steps anyone can take to protect their WooCommerce site. Website security can be a complicated process, but with these steps, anyone will be able to add a sturdy layer of protection around their website.
Although it might seem obvious at first, you want to pick a hosting company that will take care of a lot of the security legwork for you. There are many smart people in the field of internet security and a lot of those people work at hosting companies, including here at FreshSites.
When you're deciding who to host with, you should keep an eye out for these important things:
A lot of website hosting companies will offer SSL Certificates if you opt for one when you decide to host with them.
Although you want to choose a host whose taking backups for you, you don't want to leave the fate of your website completely in another's hands. We can't recommend enough downloading your own backups, as you'll be grateful in the event of a complete catastrophe.
At the end of the day, you can't completely guarantee that anyone is taking daily backups of your website, so it's best not to leave it to chance.
If you would like a full guide on how to generate your own WordPress Database backup manually, then you can read about that here. If you're curious about creating a backup but using cPanel instead, then you can read about that here.
Brute-force attacks are still the most common and effective way to break into websites. They refer to the simple method of using computer power to guess combinations or passwords until the correct series of characters is stumbled upon.
Fortunately, as this method of hacking is relatively simple, so too are the solutions. You can:
If your website has automatic updating then you won't need to worry about this. All those smart security people we mentioned earlier? Well, they're constantly working on new versions of WordPress to fix any previously undiscovered security holes or bugs.
It's good practice for you and your customers to make sure that you're always running the most up-to-date software available.
While it should be a given that you're looking out for your customer's security behind the scenes, you should go a step further and let them know that they're being looked after.
Customers who feel safe are more likely to buy, recommend and return to your website, increasing your business' bottom line.
One of the ways you can show off the security of your website is with the McAfee SECURE plugin. It lets visitors know that your site passes an external security scan and is safe to navigate too.