Cyber Security. What is Cyber Security? And what does it mean for your website?

Recognising the importance of cyber security, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have designated October as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Posted 5 October 2015 by Dan Clements

The absence of website security can come down to lack of awareness by the website owners.

Recognising the importance of cyber security, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have designated October as Cyber Security Awareness Month.

With technology growing at an increasing rate every year, our connection with one another grows with it. The internet is a remarkable place. We all have the ability to search, shop, socially interact and promote our business/products with one another around the world.

Having a digital footprint is a matter of keeping up with the play or potentially being left behind. Having a website is a big part of that digital footprint. We can create central hubs for our brands, that in most cases are the first point of contact with our customers. If your website is not secure, that relationship with your customers can be effected.

Unfortunately there are groups and individuals that create the need for website security. Threats can come in many different forms but these are the 3 most common types of attack;

1. Infecting a website with malware that can be spread to site visitors
2. Stealing customer information such as contacts and credit card details
3. Hijacking and even crashing a website

Cyber Security Awareness Month has been designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security, and to put into effect better practices and safeguards to combat cyber crime.

Thousands of WordPress sites continue to be hacked & injected with malware every day. Not surprising, considering WordPress is one of the world’s most popular website platforms. While no one is completely immune to security breaches, here are 3 of the most common ways WordPress sites are exploited and how it can be prevented;

1. Out Of Date Free Plugins & Themes

When a plugin or theme gets updated, the changes are disclosed in a changelog. Most of the time they include security updates which hackers can easily exploit as they know exactly what is vulnerable. NZ Digital routinely checks and updates our websites and plugins to prevent these types of vulnerability.

2. Weak Login Details

Creating a simple password can make it easier for you to remember your login details, but it also makes it easier for hackers. What they do is use software programs to exploit password weaknesses. We recommend using strong passwords that contain a mix of special characters, numbers and upper and lower case letters.

3. Not Being Educated

One of the best ways to prevent security breaches on your website is to educate yourself on website security “best practice”. There are resources and tools online that can help you take preventative measures such as the New Zealand Government website Connect Smart. Check it out and get protected.

If you have concerns about your website security, please get in touch with us.