The best security requires multiple services for well rounded protection.
Website Security Services, What They Include
By now, you’d think your website is as secure as it could possibly get, right?
Security doesn’t stop at updates, backups and choosing the right host. It also means setting up real time protection and monitoring for any issues.
Every website needs certain security services to keep the site itself and it’s visitors safe. Think of these services as yet another layer of defense against hackers who’d love to take over your site.
Maintain A Real Time Firewall
Hackers are always looking for a way into vulnerable websites. Many site owners with low traffic or those who only collect email address for newsletters might think they don’t need a firewall. Every site needs a firewall because there’s always something of value to a hacker.
A real time firewall is designed to stay updated with the latest threat rules to proactively prevent unauthorized traffic from connecting to your server. For instance, if a connection attempt is made to a private file versus a public blog post, the firewall would block it.
It’s like having a locked door to your website. Real time protection is necessary because you never know when a threat may occur. Many web hosts provide firewall software. You can also install your own. Security plugins are available to help set up your own firewall rules and protection along with virus and malware scanning features.
Regular Malware Scans And Cleaning
Malware is extremely dangerous. It’s purpose is to collect data and send it back to hackers. If your site is infected, the malware could easily collect users’ login data, credit card information (for ecommerce sites), your own login data and much more. It could also infect files and spread itself to every visitor who clicks certain links or downloads a file.
You can’t rely on anti-virus software alone because it’s not designed to detect many forms of malware. Running regular malware scans is crucial. The longer the malware stays hidden on your site, the worse it becomes for your visitors and your site’s reputation. Most malware scanning tools are designed to send you notifications about infections along with cleaning the infection.
The sooner malware is caught, the less issues you’ll have to clean up. Deep infections often require a manual removal process. This is time consuming and tricky, especially if you’re not used to editing core files. All of the security protections thus help prevent malware in the first place. Adding scanning and removal tools takes care of anything that might slip through.
Performance Testing And Monitoring
You might not notice any real difference in how your site performs if you have an infection. Performance testing and monitoring tools do notice. These tools check your site regularly to see if there have been any performance changes. For instance, a malware infection could cause your site to load a half second slower because extra files are being loaded.
By monitoring any and all performance changes, you know immediately if your site is being bogged down by a virus. These tests aren’t just for security though. They also help you see if any changes you make affect the site’s overall performance. It’s a win win for keeping your site running as smoothly as possible.
Up Time Monitoring
You’re not on your own website all the time. How do you know attackers haven’t caused it to crash temporarily? Has your web host been hacked and now all their servers are down? You want your site to stay up as much as possible. This is why up time monitoring is important.
It’s a simple monitoring step that shows you how long your site is down and exactly when. Even a single hour of downtime is something to be concerned over. DoS (Denial of Service) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks often cause unexpected downtime. Monitoring helps you see if these happen and you can then take steps to prevent it in the future.
Many plugins and external monitoring tools along with website maintenance companies are available to help with all types of website security monitoring.
Blocking, scanning and monitoring are three security services no site owner should be without. They’re the final steps in maintaining the most secure website possible. While you might not always be able to prevent every threat, you can find and stop them quickly. Your site and it’s visitors deserve the best security and it’s up to you to deliver.
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