How secure should your website be?

How secure need your website be? Can you trust your Milton Keynes web developer to be professional?

Why have good website security and how secure should it be?

More is at stake than you very first imagine when your website security fails. It really is so easy to loose a good SEO ranking position due to security breaches introduced by unprofessional web developers.

It is so easy to loose a good SEO ranking position due to security breaches. Let's be clear about this; your good web site ranking search position may possibly cost you a huge fortune in time or money and can be worth many sales or even prospects and subsequent revenue. All of this is at risk; 100% of it, everything, even loyal customers, ALL at risk! This is no marketing scare story because I've personally been fortunate to benefit from someone's lapse in web site security. They had been performing nicely in Google, at the number 1 spot, until they could not handle a virus getting onto their web-server and their website went down like a burning plane. My website was just below theirs so I knew just just how much this really hurt them in the pocket!

Poor website security means:

  • Lost ranking
  • Lost company reputation
  • Lost markets

How can these lapses in security happen?

Lack of outsourcing quality control has to be the number one risk. Although you can put into place a measure of antivirus server defense this rear guard action ignores the very first level of defense itself; the environment under which the internet server is hosted and by which access is permitted.

I personally favour making use of NOD32 from ESET for anti-virus defences for individual and server anti-virus defence but many subcontractors might be unable to afford even relatively cheap anti-virus protection. In addition, if the people you engage don't use properly licensed software then they're at risk of utilizing cracked and virus infected illegal pirate software. Pirate software raises the risk of people introducing their viruses on your website. If you should select to outsource to a 3rd party, or they sub-contract, your risks are increased due to the higher risk of pirate software being used. It's better for web developers to make use of open source rather than cracked software.

If your website is built upon Windows (tm) technologies then it'll attract a far greater cost of entry for the developer. Your sub-contracted labour, used to build your website, may well be tempted to make use of cracked software. When utilizing a Windows based operating system, it goes with out saying that the operating system itself needs to be correctly licensed to benefit from the security patches it might need. Indeed, the whole stack of processes involved in the configuration of an internet server will require their security patches to be used. This will contain things like networking, database drivers, application protocols and several more services which run on modern day web servers. All of these services and applications will need to be totally licenced and presently supported. This will be the principle reason why open source web servers have a benefit with their access to security patches and reduced cost of entry for developers. Apache hosting is much more robust just for commercial factors instead of technical factors and Google knows it or measures it as a quality factor. Your website server application is sent as a header response to website page requests.

The ethical question of software abuse, or overcharging, isn't the core problem. What's really doubtful is the security and integrity of pirate programs being offered over the web and your likely exposure to risk. You need to make sure to only use web developer experts who know the risks and also operate to minimum developer standards to protect their customers or maybe their own employer. I would believe that any developer who falls below this standard may be accused of expert misconduct seriously sufficient to risk their employment as a Milton Keynes Web Developer.  Play with fire at home, if you have to, but don't bring it into work!