How to Optimize Your Web Design for Cybersecurity 

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No one is immune from cybercrime.

Cybersecurity is a very real and dangerous issue for businesses of all sizes. It is a threat to their consumers, as well. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your business, and it all starts with your website design. 

Hire a firm that incorporates layers of cybersecurity into your website

Unless you are familiar with security essentials, it is best to hire a professional.

This goes far beyond graphic design considerations, such as layout, color palette, iconography, and font choice. Obviously, those choices are important. However, using a solid structure that protects your company is equally important. 

Imagine your website as a house. It could be a pretty house, a solid house that withstands storms, or a solid house that is pretty and withstands storms. Of course, you’d want both.

When shopping for a professional, look for a firm that excels at design and security. For the sake of this article, let’s look at the basic elements of security.

Frequent vulnerability checks 

Your website provider should be constantly checking your site for vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of. 

This includes regularly scheduled cybersecurity scans and is vital every time updates are made to your pages. 

Regular data backups 

Your data is one of your most valuable assets, and it’s important to have a regular backup plan in place. 

If your site is hacked or crashes, you’ll want to be able to quickly restore all of your lost data. 

A good website provider will create a routine for backing up your data on a regular basis.  

This may include backups that are done weekly, monthly, or even daily, depending on how often your site receives updates and traffic.

Regular software and plugin updates 

While you may think you’re using the latest software, that doesn’t mean it’s flawless. Cybercriminals are relentless when it comes to finding bugs. Most software updates target these bugs to prevent vulnerabilities, which is why it’s so important to find a website provider that is constantly checking for, and installing, the latest updates. 

This is especially important since security updates don’t happen on a set schedule. Rather, they happen as new exploits from cybercriminals are identified. Ideally, your website provider is experienced at identifying emerging threats, and working with software and plugin developers to report such threats and discover new solutions. 

A strong security framework

Look for a web design company that uses a strong security framework, including the following elements: 

  • Secure coding practices and best practices for web development.

  • A robust firewall to protect your data from hackers. This will also help prevent any unauthorized users from accessing your site’s backend.

  • Authentication controls, so you can control who has access to your site’s backend. This will also allow you to keep track of who is making changes on your website, and when they do so.

  • Access control lists (ACLs), which are used to designate what users can do on the backend of your site. A good web designer will use these ACLs to prevent unauthorized users from making changes to your website.

  • Regularly clearing your site cache. It’s important that your web design company regularly clears your site cache and deletes any files, databases, apps, or plugins that you’re no longer using. If a hacker gains access to this information, they could potentially gain access to all of the data on your site, including personal and financial information.

Registry locks

A registry lock requires multi-factor authentication from the registry before changing a locked domain. This is critical to preventing your private data from being compromised and makes it near impossible for cybercriminals to hack into your domain and change your DNS configurations.

SSL encryption

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption on your site is 100% necessary to protect your site’s sensitive data. When a site is encrypted and hackers try to intercept it, they won’t be able to make anything of it because the code is scrambled. 

If you sell anything online, this will also help your buyers feel safer, as they’re more likely to trust SSL encrypted sites. 

All website owners, especially those that manage online payments and customer data, must ensure that their sites are protected from hackers. Hire a web design company, like Bizzuka, that’s knowledgeable in cybersecurity and can protect you from downtime or, worse yet, your site being defaced or being exploited. Such events could threaten consumer confidence in your firm and lead to loss of revenue. Contact us today to learn where you may be falling short.