Security is more than a feeling. It is a necessity – especially when it comes to protecting one of your most valuable business treasures: your website.  The sad reality is that in our world, there are bad guys who, for whatever reason, make it their ambition to sabotage the lives of others.

So, what can we do to keep out the bad guys without causing yourself to get locked out (as can happen when you aren’t sure what you are doing)? Here are 3 great tips that will help you bullet-proof your site and keep your website design safe.

1. Limit Logins

Don’t let anyone sit there for hours on end trying endless combinations of passwords as they try to bust into your site.  Be wise and set a limit, causing troublemakers to get locked out after so many attempts.  Don’t set it too low, though, or you may accidentally lock out yourself!

2. Safe passwords

NEVER use “webmaster” or “admin” as a username, because every hacker under the sun will try them right off the bat and then it is just a matter of figuring out the password. And email addresses, birthdays and phone numbers are also not a good choice – especially anything that contains your name!  This isn’t being paranoid – it’s being smart.

Now, what about the password?  The same rules as the usernames apply, but generally you want to do more of a “number thing” with them.  There are several great password generators out there that can give you a nice, gobbledygook password that would be just about impossible to every be cracked, but these can sometimes be hard for you to remember and cause inconvenience if you don’t have your password sheet at hand.  Merging several words together and including a few numbers (and if you are REALLY on top of things, some special characters like !,#, or *) can be more memorable while still being difficult to guess.

3. Common sense

This may sound totally obvious, but avoid handing out your login info to just anyone who asks for it.  This even includes coworkers.  If you MUST hand out your personal login info for some reason, be sure you change it afterwards.  Also (and this is one we’re all guilty of, myself included), it isn’t a good idea to email yourself highly confidential passwords in case someone ever breaks in to your email account (which does happen).

4. (Bonus Tip) Backups!

When in doubt, back it up. Don’t run the risk of losing everything. Play it safe, back it up, get software, do what you have to do… it’s not exciting, but it can really save your hide in a jam.

So, there you have it – some great tips on keeping your site safe. Enjoy!