39% of businesses and 26% of charities suffered a security breach or attack in the last 12 months according to a UK government report, with the average cost to a small business more than 8 thousand pounds. It’s more than 13 thousand for medium and large businesses.
Your website is a prime candidate for an attack – one of the most important steps you can take to minimise the risks is to ensure your software is up to date with the latest security patches.
Be careful when uploading images to your website – don’t be tempted to lift pictures from internet search engines – it could be a breach of copyright law and some may contain malicious code. There’s often no way of knowing.
Best practice is to have a system that takes regular back ups of your website so if it doesn’t suffer an attack and needs to be deleted you can quickly put things back as they were.
And be extra careful with plug ins, forms and those little extra elements that bring your website to life – many are made by third party developers – what are they doing to ensure their tools are safe?
Always shop around and take advice if you’re unsure. Look for widely used, regularly updated tools with good technical support.
And if in doubt – ask.