Most solopreneurs and small business owners are running multiple types of software on their websites. That means keeping your website updated doesn’t end up with making sure you’re running the current version of WordPress and checking for new plugin updates.
It’s your responsibility to make sure all of your tools are updated. Keep in mind that software purchases often have to be renewed annually so you can continue getting the latest updates.
You build a membership site or a shopping cart through aMember. Your purchase gives you six months of free updates. After that, you’ll need to renew your license to continue getting these updates. This is not an area of your security you want to ignore. Doing so could leave you and your customers vulnerable.
Making a purchase is an act of trust for a customer. They’re trusting that you’ll protect their financial information and provide them with the product or service you promised to deliver. You can keep customer’s financial information secure by using a trusted third-party like PayPal to handle your business transactions.
But don’t stop there. As a precaution, you should also have a second payment system like Google Wallet or Skrill. This gives you the ability to keep your business running and protect new customers if you suspect your PayPal account has been compromised.
Securing Your Content
Another thing you should consider when you’re thinking about your website security is branding your content. Branding your content means that when you and your fans share your blog posts and images on social media, you’ll be recognized as the creator.
An example of this type of branding is posting an image to your blog that has your domain name on it. Whenever this photo is shared on social media, you’ll get the credit and this will drive more people back to your website.
If you’re worried about your content being stolen, you can use a WordPress plugin like WP Copy Protect. Once you’ve installed it, this plugin prevents users from copying and pasting your content. This doesn’t mean your content will never be taken without your permission, but it does add an extra step for any would-be thief.
Don’t just set up a few security measures once and never give another thought to your website’s safety. The technology you’re using to power your online business is constantly changing and evolving. The smartest thing you can do is stay up to date on these changes, then you’ll be armed with the knowledge you need to protect your business.
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