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How to Keep Out Computer Hackers from Your Company Website

 

When a website goes live, it is like opening up the door of a home or business. You unintentionally leave yourself open to hackers and all types of unscrupulous individuals, lurking online to do damage. For the business owner that operates in a brick and mortar building, customers already know that most of your company information is stored within the confines of your office. Occasionally, you may have someone try to maliciously walk into your business establishment and steal from you. For that reason, security safes and door locks are a part of the business expense.

 

The Thieves

A website is no different, except you won’t see when someone enters and leaves unless you have installed an iron-clad protection system. Electronic robbers are usually invisible and they are also very quick to pull information and disappear. Most times, these scammers and hackers will search on your website to see if they can find data about client’s accounts. This is especially true for credit card numbers and expiration dates. You are legally obligated to protect your client’s data from these hackers and thieves. You also are responsible for reporting any type of security breaches that may have occurred.

 

Destroying Reputations

Not only is theft on the hacker’s mind, but for some reason, these hackers want to demolish you and get you out of business. It is not known why people do these things. The ultimate reason is to destroy the reputation that you have gained from your customers. When a hacker crosses your path and successfully accomplishes the idea of obliterating you, the damage can be so severe as unable to be undone.

 

Updated Threats

Even the most basic security measures of data protection are enough to keep computer hackers away from your website. Don’t leave your website doors unlocked. There are ways that you can protect your data. You should always stay abreast of all the virus threats or hacking dangers. Basic knowledge of these threats can make a difference in seeking ways to secure your website. Visit technical websites to know more about the most recent hacking threats.  You can always trust a good technology service provider to handle these tasks for you too.

 

Difficult Access

Make accessibility to your admin section of your control panel as difficult as possible. Change usernames and passwords frequently, but use usernames and passwords that the computer hacker is unable to guess. Change the prefix of your default database. Use a random prefix that is difficult to guess. Restrict the number of times someone can log in and force password resets. Don’t email log in information to anyone.

 

Conclusion

Perform software updates on a frequent basis. If you delay this, you open up the chance for the hacker to attack. Hackers network with each other to find websites that are the most vulnerable. Tighten up all network security and install firewall protection and security applications. Restrict uploading of files to a certain number. Utilize encrypted SSL protocol so that you can transfer personal information without it being open for access by one or more of these computer hackers.

 

 

Posted on May 3, 2016 in Information Technology

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Marc enjoys working closely with other entrepreneurs helping them leverage technology to enhance success! Boasting 2 decades of I.T. consulting expertise, Marc continues to contribute in many forums, and offers technology insights through our regular newsletter and by speaking publicly across California. He contributes regularly to our blog and actively assists our team here at TechWorks as a virtual CIO consultant.

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