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October 2, 2018

How To Protect Your Company Website From Hackers

We live in a very tech-obsessed world. Needless to say, the internet provides us with numerous channels for us to communicate with people all over the world on a daily basis. And we’ve definitely come a long way from the not-so-long-ago days of dial-up internet services. Today, people widely use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to surf the worldwide web with ease.

It’s important to safeguard your online properties.

It should probably go without saying that protecting your online identity and properties should be of high importance to you and your organization. Don’t assume that your company website can’t be hacked. You should also not assume that no one wants to hack into your website. For the most part, website security breaches don’t have much to do with stealing your data.

Websites often get hacked so that your server can be used for spam. Have you ever received an obscure email from a friend only to realize that your friend never sent you that email? Hackers tend to use web servers for illegal activities. Often, hacking is conducted by automated scripts that are written to search all over the internet in order to locate and take advantage of websites with poor security features.

What can you do to protect your website from being hacked?

One of the things that MeloTel highly recommends is that you create a very strong password policy. Gone are the days when your birthday, pet’s name or elementary school would suffice as an ideal password. Today, you truly need to make use of letters and characters that have no apparent rhyme or reason. In other words, your passwords shouldn’t be made up of actual words that people can guess.

“Hackers frequently utilize sophisticated software that use brute force to crack passwords,” explains Kendra Strickler on CommonPlaces.com, “To protect against brute force, passwords should be complex, containing uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numerals, and special characters. It is best for passwords to be at least 10 characters long. This password policy should be maintained throughout your organization.”

Hire a security expert.

Ridding your website of any possible points of entry such as applications or plugins is important. Backing up all of your data on a regular basis is also key. As you may have guessed, there is a long list of to-do’s if you want to protect your company website from hackers. But, at the end of the day, it’s probably best if you put your website’s security in the hands of experts.

“Developing a relationship with a firm that provides security services can be a lifesaver when it comes to protecting your website,” says Strickler, “While the small things can be taken care of on your own, there are many security measures that should be handled by an expert.”

We couldn’t agree more! MeloTel proudly offers SiteLock Security which is the industry leader in website scanning. With SiteLock, you will get powerful technology that continuously monitors your website for malware and hard to find security vulnerabilities without slowing down the speed of your website. As the only security provider to offer automated website malware removal, MeloTel’s cloud-based technology automatically finds and cleans malware from your website before any damage is done.

For more information about SiteLock Security, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-888-MELOTEL or use the Live Chat feature on our website!

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