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Having a website is like unlocking the door to your office premises: You never know when someone walks in with a malicious intent to commit a crime! Your website is just the same, except that you will never see anyone come in unless you have protection systems in place. Electronic thieves are invisible and fast. The downside to the internet with worldwide accessibility is that it’s inherently insecure, and there is always an element of risk when you submit your personal data online. Security breaches are an unfortunate inevitability, so it is best practice to have in place certain website security measures to stop your law firm’s website from being attacked by cybercriminals-
Get a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate in order to establish a secure connection between your website and your web host. The certificate enables the browser to verify the identity of the owner of the website. A valid certificate would establish a secure connection and the data will be encrypted. The search engines also favour SSL certificates, thus increasing your law firm website’s SEO value while keeping it secure! Create a backup of your site regularly. Even after having extensive security measures, cybercriminals figure out ways to breach the security system. Prevention is better than cure. Install a program that will run scheduled backups of your website’s database. This will allow you to restore the integrity of your site in the event of a cyber attack. Stay updated with the latest software. One of the simplest and quickest ways for a hacker to infiltrate your law firm’s website is to exploit vulnerabilities in your site and server software. Often, software updates are released to fix security bugs that will leave a site open to hackers. If your site is built on a CMS, such as WordPress, it is absolutely necessary to keep your versions, themes, and plugins up to date. Use unique usernames and passwords. Common usernames and passwords are incredibly easy to exploit by cybercriminals. It is best to use unique credentials to access your website. Also, choose a secure host. Websites are often hacked at the host level, which makes it important to choose a secure host. Use third-party security measures. There are a number of security companies that will monitor, detect and clean hacked websites. If your website becomes vulnerable or subject to hacking, you will be the first to know. Protecting a website from cyber attacks is never a guarantee, but you can deter them by taking precautionary measures. It all starts with the necessary preventative measures outlined above and you don’t have to be a developer or systems admin to execute them. Implement these security tips now for your law firm’s website, before it’s too late!