Having a website that describes your service is easy. In fact, there’s a wide array of services that you can use to build a website for free. One of the biggest overlooked topics is website security. If you conduct any online transactions we’re discussing five facts you should know about website security.

Having an SSL Certificate

Having an SSL certificate should be one of your first purchases if you plan to collect any customer information. An SSL certificate basically hides information going from and to your site. For example, an outside person would not be able to steal customers data on a site with an SSL. Ultimately you can assure your customers secure transactions while using your site.

Allowing Users to Upload Files

An easy way to get unwanted bugs on your site is to allow users to upload files. For example, users uploading pictures to your site can seem harmless but can present website security risks. You want to treat any file that is uploaded to your site as a potential risk. In fact, if you allow visitors to upload files, you want to have a system for evaluating files. Hire a company to constantly manage your website security if it’s not your main focus.

Backup Your Site

Schedule time to perform daily or weekly website backups. I had a client that site was hacked and she lost everything because she didn’t have a backup. Although we tried multiple ways to retrieve her site, we were unsuccessful. In fact, you want to have a copy of your site in case it gets hacked. As a result, your business will able to resume if your site is hacked. Another point is you will save time and money by backing up your site. In conclusion, you will be able to worry less and sleep more at night.

Having a safe and secure website will save you time and money. An SSL certificate should be one of your top priorities if you plan to collect customer data. File uploads can expose potential risks within your website. Schedule time to perform regular backups with your website. In conclusion, there are many risks involved with having an interacting website but developing a security plan can minimize your risks.


Alex Brooks is the founder and CEO of AE Brooks, LLC (d/b/a, Entreprov), a Seattle-based firm that builds custom tools to help businesses increase customer retention and engagement