Security for your business is a big deal, whether it’s for your POS systems, or for any other aspect of your business. But what about your website and/or online store’s security?
Fact is, your website isn’t going to be watched by you all of the time. There are times that you may want to take a small break or vacation from your business, just as we all should from time to time. You might think, during these times, that your website is sitting safe and secure and can’t be messed with, but your business’s online persona is out there for everyone under the sun to see, even the hackers that will be much more likely to target a small business than a larger one.
There might indeed be more hackers gunning for you and your business, and you might have some of the bases covered, but isn’t it usually the case that when something’s going to go wrong, it goes wrong when you’re out of reach or out of town? My job would be remiss if I just told you there’s a threat and you should worry, and then not give you some ideas for countering that.
There are many companies offering services in this area (just do a Google search for “Securing Web Sites” and see if you don’t get over fourteen million hits). Some, such as CloudFlare, are actually very beneficial for small businesses. I bring this company to the spotlight not just because of the protection it can offer your online services, but because it can also enhance the speed at which it operates. CloudFlare automatically optimizes the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. They also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
Here are a few other reasons that you should check them out:
- Coverage. Like the SPF-50 protection you need by the pool, getting the best coverage is crucial. One thing I like about CloudFlare’s business is that it is a community that learns from itself the more it grows, so one experience is translated across the entire spectrum.
- Speed. You might not sprint down the beach to an old 80s movie tune in slow-motion, but your site might run in slow-motion if its traffic spikes. This can cause you problems not just with your visitors, but with search engines as well, which might discriminate against you if your site is moving 1200-baud style. Also, if bandwidth is an issue (and when is it not), optimizing the delivery of your site can mean big savings and big business.
- Security. Placing decent password security should be a priority; this means not using your birthday or ‘1234,’ ever, as passwords. Hackers love the fact that you might use the exact same password everywhere; sure it’s easy for you to gain access to your site’s innards and data, but if a hacker discovers your password, it’s game over throughout.
Since CloudFlare’s core feature is free, and since the word ‘free’ is particularly special, you might check them out to see if they can do anything for you. There’s no software to install, and setting up will only take a few minutes. A little piece of mind can go a long way towards a more relaxing time away from work.