As a website owner, it’s essential to keep your website safe and secure from cyber attacks. One of the most critical steps in securing your website is to use a clean machine when editing your website. In this article, we’ll go over why using a clean machine is important and provide some tips on how to keep your website safe.

Why Use a Clean Machine?

A clean machine is a computer that is free of malware, viruses, and other malicious software that can compromise your website’s security. When you use a clean machine to edit your website, you reduce the risk of introducing malware or other malicious code into your site. This is because your computer doesn’t have any pre-existing malware that could infect your website.

Using a clean machine is especially important when editing your website’s backend or accessing your hosting account. These areas are where cybercriminals can gain access to your website and steal sensitive information such as customer data, payment information, or login credentials. Using a clean machine helps ensure that these areas are protected from attack.

Tips for Keeping Your Website Safe

Now that you understand why using a clean machine is essential let’s go over some tips for keeping your website safe.

  1. Keep Your Machine Clean

To use a clean machine, you need to keep your computer free of malware and viruses. You can do this by using anti-virus software, keeping your software up to date, and avoiding downloading software or files from untrusted sources.

  1. Use a Secure Connection

When accessing your website’s backend or hosting account, make sure you use a secure connection. This means using HTTPS instead of HTTP, which encrypts the data transmitted between your computer and the server. You can do this by installing an SSL certificate on your website, which provides a secure connection.

  1. Use Strong Passwords

Always use strong passwords for your website’s backend, hosting account, and other online accounts. A strong password should be at least 12 characters long and include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information such as your name, birthdate, or common words.

  1. Limit Access

Limit access to your website’s backend and hosting account to only those who need it. This means creating separate accounts for each user with unique login credentials. Additionally, make sure to revoke access for users who no longer need it.

  1. Keep Your Software Up to Date

Keeping your website’s software up to date is essential to keep it secure. Hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software to gain access to websites. Make sure to install updates for your website’s content management system, plugins, and themes regularly. When you use ITG’s fully managed hosting, this is something we do every month to protect our customer’s website investment and ensure the smooth operation of their site.

  1. Use a Web Application Firewall

A web application firewall (WAF) is a security tool that filters traffic to your website and blocks suspicious requests. It helps protect your website from attacks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and other common types of attacks. All of the websites we build at ITG have this software installed.

  1. Backup Your Website

Regularly backing up your website is essential to protect against data loss or damage caused by cyber attacks. Make sure to store backups in a secure location and test them regularly to ensure they can be restored if needed. At Imagine That, we keep weekly and monthly backups, stored locally and in the cloud.

Using a clean machine when editing your website is a critical step in keeping it safe and secure from cyber attacks. By following the tips outlined above, you can significantly reduce the risk of your website being compromised. Remember, the security of your website is your responsibility, and taking proactive steps to keep it safe should be a top priority.

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About the Author

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Tina Kempling, the Lean Green Team Leader at Imagine That with over 35 years of experience in the print industry, newspaper and magazine advertising.

As an industry-certified designer since 1991, Tina knows her stuff when it comes to marketing vision. But what sets her apart is her understanding of advertising and marketing in today’s digital and print market. She can help companies tap into the incredible marketing power in new and creative ways. Ready to take your marketing game to the next level? Give Tina a shout!