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TIP #2: The First Step in Website Security


It’ll take you 5 minutes to read this post about the first step in website security that has the potential to save you hundreds [or thousands] of dollars and invaluable time.

A Website Security Analogy

 

Imagine this…

You hire a general contractor to build your new home. You give them a whopping deposit and design planning commences. The two of you collaborate on every last detail of your project for days.

You pour over websites and catalogs and visit several local stores shopping for every faucet, door handle, and light fixture.

You ponder paint colors for hours.

You choose the surface for every floor.

Finally, the day that seemed as if it would never arrive is here. Your home is built! After a final walk-through with your contractor, who you may or may not still be on good terms with, you write the final check and wave goodbye as their pickup pulls out of your freshly paved driveway.

Now, where did you go wrong?

(Hint: Is the front door locked?)

Realization sinks in—in your excitement, you totally forgot about the keys to your new house. They were never offered to you and you never thought to ask for them. In fact, they just drove out of your driveway and the front door is locked. You cannot get inside your brand new home.

Lessons in Website Security

My analogy above is clearly an exaggeration, but you get the point. Your website is yours and you must have those “keys” to get in or you will eventually have a major problem. 

First, let’s be clear—a truly professional website designer will give you your website “keys” no later than the moment they take your last payment.

Whether or not you can get them after this point wholly depends upon the state of your relationship and, sadly, the state of their personal and professional life. I can’t count the number of horror stories I’ve heard about websites being held hostage by an irresponsible or unscrupulous designer.  

Here are three lessons I want you to learn from this post…

  • Lesson #1: If your website “keys” aren’t offered to you, hold tight to your wallet until you have them.
  • Lesson #2: There are three website “keys” you must have in your possession:
    • The URL, user name and password for the website where you registered the domain/URL. [GoDaddy.com, Domain.com, Register.com, etc.]
    • The URL, user name and password for the company that hosts your website. [GoDaddy.comWPengine.com, etc.]
    • Your WordPress admin user name and password for your website.
  • Lesson #3: If someone has a set of keys for your website and is making you nervous, change the locks. Pronto.

It is totally up to you who has a second set of keys. I would suggest only professionals in good standing should have that privilege.

Now, note the title of this post—”The FIRST Step in Website Security.” There are several more steps you should take to avoid a malicious attack on your website—including the virtual equivalent of deadbolts, alarm systems, and security cameras. Because WordPress is so popular (because it’s so good), it is a target—which means YOUR SITE is a target. Our Website Security package will lock your site down and protect your investment.

Oh, and just like your home, your website needs regular maintenance to stay safe and secure. We’re happy to teach you how to do this yourself—or you can buy our Website Maintenance package.

If you need help unlocking your website or installing a security system, contact us. The sooner, the better.


Janet Dore | Chief Everything Officer

janet@dateoxygen.com

Janet passionately serves small business owners to allow them to maintain a healthy work-life balance while growing their company.

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