Website Security: How Vulnerable Are You?

Let’s get right to the point. What website security do you have in place at the moment? More importantly, is it up to date and effective? Regardless of whether you run a blog, a small business page or an ecommerce site, you’re still a target.

Why Do You Need Website Security?

Your website is your identity.

It’s more than just an online presence or a simple business listing.Your website represents you and just like your personal identity, you need to actively keep it secure from hackers, malware, spam and numerous other internet evils. Whether it’s stealing credit card details from your payment page to just plain distasteful defacement of your site, you want to keep your reputation clean.

Your website is an investment.

You put a lot of time, money and thought into your website. Just like anything you invest in, the whole point is to enjoy the returns. Falling victim to security loopholes in your website can lead to multiple losses and possibly even lawsuits from users! Keep all your weak points covered to make sure you get that ROI.

What Are You Up Against?

Online threats are often unseen and infiltrate a website without leaving obvious traces. When discovered, it can be too late. Here are four of the most common attacks on websites based on Sucuri, the authority source on website security.  

  1. Access Control – This is basically like picking a lock until it opens. Hackers employ automated attempts at randomly inputting usernames and passwords until a match is achieved. Just like that, they’re in.
  2. Software Vulnerabilities – Bugs are inevitable in any coding process. Until they are found and repaired, they are possible points of entry. Attackers will use multiple methods like injecting scripts into code to try and find those gaps in your fence.
  3. Third-Party Integrations – installing plugins and acquiring third-party services to improve website performance has become the norm especially with content management systems like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. However, if these integrations become compromised, it’s beyond your control. One common example is “Malvertising” where malware is present in ads on your site.
  4. Poorly Managed Environments – Where you host your site matters. Some companies offer dirt cheap rates but stinging on hosting might end up with your site placed on a poorly maintained server or possibly sharing a server with some NSFW websites which in turn, can affect your SEO ratings.

What Website Security Should You Consider?

Anyone who owns a site or is thinking about starting one should have a basic idea of the kind of website security that best suits their needs. Relying on the security provided by a content management system alone is not enough.

The level of security you require depends on the type of website. The most basic form of protection is a web application firewall to block attacks. You will also need reactive and proactive scanning to make sure you’re constantly checking for internal and external vulnerabilities so you can stop and attack before it even starts.

How Project Assistant Handles Website Security.

Website security should never be a post-launch afterthought. At Project Assistant, we make sure a website is protected from day 1 of coding. Our applications have dedicated servers and two applications are rarely ever hosted together. We keep a close eye on things by maintains and managing our own custom server stacks, so we’re the first to know and take action on any issue.

Recently, we’ve been working with Sucuri who are the authority source on website security. Sucuri uses a holistic website security approach, combining multiple tools and processes to create overlapping layers of protection. With Sucuri, we’re able to take our security to the next level, offering clients a better and safer experience.

We want to offer our clients peace of mind. Project Assistant’s all-around defense plan boosts our current website security protocol exponentially by amplifying it with Sucuri. Don’t lose sleep at night over wondering whether your site is safe. Talk to us about your doubts and we’ll put together a custom security package that’s built to suit your needs.

Anthony Scolaro

A serial entrepreneur and technology enthusiast, Anthony Scolaro’s small business ventures began in 2009 Over the years, Anthony channeled his passion for creating solutions-driven processes and exceptional service and launched Project Assistant in the summer of 2011.

An innovative technology firm that partners with businesses to develop comprehensive web marketing, design, brand and mobile app development solutions, Project Assistant has become a rapidly growing and value-added entity for small to medium-sized companies in the U.S., Europe and across SE Asia. Serving as the firm’s CEO and Founder, with offices located in Charleston and the Philippines, Project Assistant merges diversity, ingenuity and a love for the tech space to help organizations gain a larger segment of the market while maximizing continuous integration and pipelines for expedited scalability.

Whether a client needs to design and engineer a web or mobile app, internet marketing, systems administration, website traffic growth, or clarity in defining its brand, Anthony offers strategic solutions, a passion for technology and all-American southern hospitality to take organizations to new heights.