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What can you do to protect your own Web site? Now that we know how serious a problem this can be, let’s look at some ways you can protect your Web site.
1. Contact a security expert like Dave Barry and have him run a security audit on your Web site. Visit Computer Concierge and complete FREE Website security report. Find out what your Web site security vulnerabilities are, and learn what needs to be done to fix them. http://security-report.computer-concierge.com
2. If security audit on your Web site proves that you have security issues, and if your host provider can’t give you a logical explanation, move your site to a different hosting company. I’m going to move my personal site to Combustion Hosting, where security is a #1 priority, and where I can get personal attention and support. http://combustionwebhosting.com/products/secureplans/
3. Ask your current hosting company about their security policies. Then, point them to this URL, which lists The Top 20 Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities. This list was compiled by a list of security experts from FBI and SANS Institute. Though you may not be able to understand much of report, your hosting company will. Not only does report list security risks, but it also gives solutions to problems. http://www.sans.org/top20/
4. If you’re a “do it yourselfer,” visit U.S. Department of Energy’s site which offers a listing of tools for security analysis. http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/SecurityTools.html
5. Or, consider Retina, which provides excellent security software. http://www.eeye.com/html/index.html
6. SecureNet Solutions also offers products that will run vulnerability reports for you. http://www.securenetsol.com/
The main thing is to learn from my “mistakes” and don’t be caught off guard. If you’re using a hosting company to host your Web site, make darn sure that server and your Web site are secure. Visit Computer Concierge for a free security audit. Then, go with a reputable hosting company who places utmost importance on security, like Combustion Hosting.
Remember: Your Web site is your online business. Don’t you lock door and secure windows of your “brick and mortar” business? Do you have an alarm system? Don’t you think it’s important to do same with your online business?
Robin Nobles teaches 2-, 3-, and 5-day hands-on search engine marketing workshops thru http://www.searchengineworkshops.com in locations across the globe as well as online courses at http://www.onlinewebtraining.com/. Robin's partner, John Alexander, recently published an e-book titled, “Wordtracker Magic," at http://www.wordtracker-magic.com (which offers great tips for helping you learn how to focus on your target audience.)