Did you know that your website is actually sitting on a computer somewhere?
You’ve probably heard about this mysterious thing called the ‘cloud’ and that your data is stored ‘out there’ in cyberspace.
The ‘cloud’ is actually a global system of interconnected computer networks that link several billion devices worldwide.
Being a computer, it’s quite possible to have technical difficulties. It’s not uncommon for a hosting server (i.e. computer) to get overloaded and go bust, or to get hacked into, or to get shut down for a short or even long period of time.
Many people assume that it is the responsibility of their hosting company to keep their website safe. I don’t believe that is entirely true. In reality, the responsibility to protect your website and your business lies entirely on you.
We are going to get into the how of it very shortly, but let’s talk about the why.
Why protect your website against hackers and other unexpected issues?
The obvious answer is you don’t want to lose all the hard work you’ve put into building your website and your business. Trust me, this really happens.
Being unprepared in your security can have devastating consequences. Weeks of work and whole websites can be lost when hosting servers go down unexpectedly. There could be technical problems that the host can’t fix. The host or your website could get hacked.
How could the host let that kind of thing happen?
Nothing is fool proof, so the best solution is prevention. Having your own security measures in place can help prevent this loss.
Here are some of the ways your website can become compromised:
- Website hosting issues
- Hacker adds code or takes down your site
- Malicious employee messes with your site
- An upgrade creates errors and takes down your site
- Website mysteriously disappears without reason
I would say any one of those possibilities is a good reason ‘why’, wouldn’t you? So what can you do to protect your site? If you have not already signed up for my Peace of Mind plan, find out more about this valuable protection.