Tips on How to Keep your Computer and Website Secure

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11_November_ComputerSecurityToday smartphones, tablets, and computers pretty much dominate our everyday lives. And while communication has become easier and more efficient than ever before, these technological advancements have brought with them new concerns about privacy and security.  Marking today as National Computer Security Day, it’s the perfect time to share some tips on not only keeping your computer secure, but also your website.

Computer Security Day was started in 1988 to raise awareness concerning computer security issues.  The most obvious way to celebrate is to focus on ensuring that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure. One very important thing to do for your online security is to have strong passwords and keep them updated regularly, as this reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. Other tips include:

  • Antivirus software is installed and running
  • Firewall is turned on
  • The software on your computer is up to date
  • Passwords are not shared or written down
  • A password is required to access your computer
  • Web browser does not store or remember passwords
  • Wireless network is secured
  • Important data is regularly backed up
  • Temporary Internet files are periodically removed

Beyond your computer is the world wide web and it’s just as important today to keep your business’s website secure.  Doug Silk, Marketing Relevance SEO Director states that “Google is now alerting users to be wary of sites that are not yet on the HTTPS protocol and collect passwords or credit card information”  In fact, Chrome is now require HTTPS for sites that collect sensitive information.

But what is HTTPS?  HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) are both protocols, or languages, for passing information between web servers and browsers. Basically it’s a secure and encrypted connection, whereas HTTP is unsecure. With a standard HTTP connection, it is possible for unauthorized parties to observe the conversation between your device and the site.

To make your site secure you need to do a few things:

  • Obtain an SSL Certificate from a Certificate Authority
  • Approve the certificate
  • Do a full backup of your site
  • Change all your internal links
  • Check code libraries
  • Updated all external links that you can (note that some external content and links my not be secure, in which case you may have to contact the content provider and ask for updated content, remove the content, or simply decide to take the risk of serving a page with both secure and unsecure content)
  • Create a 301 redirect
  • Update your URLS on Google, AdWords and anywhere else you’re running paid ads, on your social profiles and across all your top citations…

Or you can simply contact Marketing Relevance at marketingrelevance.com or 847-259-7312 and we can do it all for you, along with updating any other website features needed.