In business, choosing a web hosting account can be a time-consuming process, but if you’re setting up a website, it’s just the beginning of the journey. Once you begin to develop your website and add content, your hosting account becomes a valuable business asset – one that is worth defending against malicious attacks and intrusion.
Here are five easy, practical ways to keep your hosting account secure as your website grows.
Most small business owners use software like WordPress or Drupal to publish content and manage their website. If you run an e-commerce store, you might use an application such as osCommerce or Magento.
Over time, these scripts and applications are updated and revised by their developers. Often, these updates offer vital protection against bugs and security vulnerabilities. Keeping your software updated takes just minutes, but remember: repairing a hacked website could take far longer – or could be completely impossible, depending on the severity of the attack.
kimtown Hosting provides FREE updates to software running on our servers! Automatic updates are even available when using the QuickInstall feature from your cPanel!
When you first set up your web hosting account, you’ll probably need to create multiple logins for things like FTP, email and database access.
Over time, as your website matures, your needs will change. Some of the accounts you created will become redundant. You may have provided co-workers or freelancers with accounts, then stopped working with those people, leaving their login details in limbo.
With 100% access to all files on your kimtown Hosting account, clean up is a breeze!
Not all of the files uploaded to your web server will be intended for public access. You may upload project ideas, contracts and test data; you may also exchange security details or use your web server as a storage hub for archived material.
Over time, some of the data you’ve uploaded may be neglected or forgotten, and that could present a security problem. Allowing unauthorised access to sensitive client files is a major no-no.
With control features such as:
- – Latest cPanel Control Panel
- – Website Statistics: AWStats, Webalizer, Raw Log Manager, Referrer and Error Logs
- – Fantastico: Instant Shopping Carts, Blogs, Portals, Forums, Counters, Formmail
- – Password Protected Directories and Custom Error Pages
- – Web Based File Manager, Hotlink Protection, IP Deny Manager, Redirect URL
You can take full control of your kimtown Hosted site and it’s contents at any time!
Most web hosting accounts are set up by a technician at the hosting company, and that person will provide you with multiple logins. You may be given one username and password for your control panel, one for your database(s), one for each email account, and a login for FTP.
Although it’s tempting to use the same password everywhere, don’t do it. Should a hacker gain access to your password in one part of the hosting account, s/he could theoretically wreak havoc with every part of your website, email accounts and more.
kimtown Hosted accounts offer a generator for your passwords. This helps them to be random enough so hackers can’t get in, but can be customized so they don’t keep you out.
Despite every business’ best efforts, sometimes the worst happens. Hackers may find a way to access your website, even if you are vigilant, and the damage they cause may take days or weeks to fix.
Some web hosting companies back up customers’ files, folders and databases as a matter of course; some may offer backups as an extra, chargeable service. If you’re not sure whether your host offers this kind of protection, check their website or check out some independent hosting reviews to find out what their backup policy is.
kimtown Hosting takes automatic backups of your site data. However, you can create a manual backup at any time using your cPanel!
Creating and developing a website involves a huge investment of time, and your website will quickly become a ‘shop window’ for your brand. It makes sense to ensure that your investment is protected. Regular backups are a must, but it’s also crucial to consider wider issues around security: protection against hacking, unauthorized access and strong passwords, for example. Although it isn’t possible to completely insure against every attack or mishap, thinking ahead and securing your hosting account will help to ensure you are in the best possible position if the worst happens.