As British Airways suffers an IT glitch today, thousands of passengers are stranded in the UK and globally. Flight cancellations, long delays, loss of profits, work day chaos and unhappy customers. As a company, IT issues are one of our biggest nightmares.
Something we are seeing a big increase in is cyber attacks. Your website is your window to the world. For many of us, we are heavily reliant on it as a tool to sell our products and services. Sadly, cyber attacks are on the increase and criminals are using clever and sophisticated means to infect websites. Even larger companies such as T Mobile, Yahoo! and the Marriott Hotels Group have fallen victim.
So how do you protect your website from cyber attacks? The reality is, there is no definitive protection out there. We must simply deal with the incident promptly. This will involve an investigation into what has caused the attack and a clean up to erase the malware.
Be Cyber SMART
There are no bullet proof solutions on the market however here are some simple tips to minimise your risk:
Strong passwords: create strong and unique passwords by using letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use your name, date of birth, 1234 or password.
Maximum Security: At a minimum, your devices should have a firewall and anti-virus software. Make sure this is always kept up to date and active.
Avoid unsecured Wi-Fi. Connecting to random, unsecured Wi-Fi networks can increase your risk of having your information compromised.
Remain private: Cyber criminals scour social media sites to gain insights and target potential victims. Limit personal information that you post online.
Take notice: Get into the habit of checking the URL in the address bar and know where emails have been sent from. Make sure that it is a trusted email address before you open attachments and that the site you’re on is in fact the real one. Be sure not to click on insecure links and files.
Your website is key to the success of your business. It’s important to keep it safe and secure. Capture design and produce WordPress websites for many of our clients. We can work with you to help you keep your website up to date and take action in the eventuality that your site is compromised.