Web security: Prevention is better than cure


    Web security: Prevention is better than cure

    As the long summer days give way to early sunsets and colder weather, the massive marketing machines of the pharmaceutical companies have gone into overdrive.

    On TV, radio, online and in print we are being bombarded with adverts promoting flu shots, vitamins and supplements as we head into winter. We are also constantly being reminded to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies to stay healthy and keep the flu at bay. Prevention is better than cure is the mantra of the season.

    Staying on top of our personal wellness is important because it allows us to keep up with our busy work and life schedules. If our immune systems were to become compromised, our schedules are interrupted, leading to downtime.

    For many of us, one of our key allies in simplifying our lives is technology. But have you given much thought to what may happen if the systems that drive the technology we use were to become compromised?

    How would you deal with your company website being hacked, your email crashing or your online banking being offline for any period of time? How costly would that downtime be?

    We simply cannot afford for our IT systems and websites to get the proverbial flu.

    Apart from the hassle of having to take your site offline to repair it, failure to implement measures to fend off the malware attacks may result in your domain being blacklisted. This could be the final nail in the coffin for your website and your email.

    As people conduct more of their lives online, attackers are finding new ways to lure victims. According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, there were over one million web attacks against people each and every day in 2015.

    Moreover, the report highlights the fact that 75% of the websites we believe are well-known and legitimate have so-called unmatched vulnerabilities. An alarming 15% of these legitimate websites have “critical” vulnerabilities making it easy for cybercriminals to gain access and use these sites to their own ends.

    “It’s time for website administrators to step up and address the risks more aggressively,” the report strongly recommends.

    Here at Select Web, we’re at the coal face, so to speak. Just the other day, the antivirus software on one of our machines in the office showed it had detected almost 2 000 threats this year alone.

    As website designers and administrators we take our own internet security as well as that of our valued clients very seriously. This is what led us to design a security package to minimise the risks of an attack on your website all year round.

    The package is called Citadel and aims to keep your website healthy on two fronts – by keeping it up to date with the latest minor version and extension updates and also by installing a security component in the backend.

    Life happens, as they say, so we cannot guarantee your website will never be hacked once the package is installed. However, it will greatly minimise the risk.

    Think of Citadel as a healthy green smoothie for your website, running quietly in the background to fend off any viruses that could bring it down.