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Your website: keep it safe

When you have your own website, you put a lot of time and effort into the content. With these 5 tips, zou make sure you, your users and your content stay safe on the web!

1. Get an SSL-certification for your website

A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate makes sure your information stays safe between your computer and the destination server. Imagine your clients fill in their bank information on your website. When this data travels from their computer to the final server, it passes through different computers. Any computer along this journey, could get access to their information. An SSL certification counters this by encrypting the information until it safely reaches the server. Furthermore, the certificate authenticates the destination server so an imposter server can not try to steal the user’s information. You recognize an SSL-certified website by starting with https instead of http.

2. Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) means that you need two steps to login instead of just giving a password. This often means a verification code which is sent to your cellphone. This way, even when a hacker gets access to your password, they will still need access to your phone. For example, if you are using a google-account, you can easily use the Google Authenticator app.

3. Back-up solutions

If you have your own website, make sure an automatic back-up is taken every night. Secondly, you can operate in the concept of stretch topology, which means you store the same website on two different locations. If one of the websites experiences a site-wide disaster, you still have all your data running on the second website.

4. Reliable datacenter

Make sure the data of your website is stored at a reliable datacenter. Preferably, you store it on a European datacenter, since this is conform to the European GDPR and data storage law system.

5. Smart password

Lastly, make sure to always use a strong password. This means it includes capitals, numbers and punctuation marks. Make sure to always change your passwords every 6 months.

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