Cyber crime is no laughing matter and has reached unprecedented heights in recent years. In fact, Forbes reports that 30,000 websites are hacked each day — many of which are legitimate small businesses. If you’re not taking significant security steps, then you’re putting your law firm at unnecessary risk and could become a target in the future. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your legal website more secure and have greater peace of mind.
Migrate to HTTPS
According to Google, “HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is an internet communication protocol that protects the integrity and confidentiality of your users’ data between the user’s computer and the site.” In layman’s terms, this is a way to keep your site more secure and protect sensitive information from leaking out and falling into the wrong hands. Migrating from HTTP to HTTPS is extremely beneficial from a security standpoint because your site will utilize encryption, user authentication and take other measures to ensure that exchanged data isn’t compromised.
And because Google places such a strong emphasis on security, they announced in August of 2014 that they would use HTTPS as a ranking signal. This means that besides the added level of security, migrating to HTTPS can a have a positive impact on your search rankings as well.
Don’t Slack on Passwords
When it comes to passwords, it’s often easy to get lulled into a false sense of security that yours won’t get cracked, so you may slack on them and stick with something that’s easy to remember. This can be a big problem because predictable passwords can easily be hacked — and all of a sudden the entire security of your legal website is compromised.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to create strong passwords that have a much lower likelihood of being cracked. You may even want to take advantage of a password management tool such as LastPass. This will generate strong passwords for you and allows you to manage your passwords with ease.
Use Security Plugins
If your site is hosted on WordPress, you can take advantage of a few different security plugins that reduce the odds of a cyber attack. For example, BulletProof Security offers several types of protection including firewall, login security, database security and so on. Another popular option is iThemes Security, which protects access to important files, schedules malware scanning and offers two-factor authentication to ensure that unauthorized parties aren’t able to log into your site.
The great thing about plugins like these is that they are easy to install and do the bulk of the work for you. You don’t have to be a tech whiz to take advantage of these plugins, and you can beef up the overall level of security on your site dramatically.
Although it requires a bit of extra effort, it’s well worth it to take measures to make your legal website more secure. In this scenario, it’s much better to err on the side of caution and focus on prevention rather than waiting until an ugly situation inevitably unfolds.
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