Keep Safe Online: 6 Security Steps You Should Take Right Now
When building your business online you have tons of new things to think about. What style do you want to use? How will you display your awesome work? What’s your new brand and motto? Wix makes building your website fun and easy with beautiful online templates and loads of apps to help you manage your company. For many, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s natural to get wrapped up in all the details that go into running your business. Unfortunately, this can distract you from some very important internet basics: security. While Wix users can be rest assured that we have the ‘Secret Service’ of security teams monitoring your site around the clock, there are a few things only you can do as the watch dog of your biz. We want to debunk security misconceptions and make sure your online presence is as safe as possible.
Your password is the key to unlocking your website. Make it a good one! When you begin building a Wix site, or open any online account, take the time to choose a password that’ll be easy for you to remember, but tricky for others to guess. This is true for your entire online presence including email, banking, social media etc. The sooner you get this important step out of the way, the sooner you can jump right in and focus on the important stuff, like picking a template and building your website.
So what is a strong password? 8 characters with letters and numbers. For those that feel comfortable we encourage you to add capital letters and signs as well. Here’s a great example for you to not use (since we’re putting it on blast here): WeLoveWix**2015
Protecting Your Device
A password is not only important for your online accounts, it’s also crucial for your personal devices. Keep your important info safe by adding an unlock passcode to your personal devices like computer or mobile. Sadly, sometimes these objects can be misplaced or stolen and we don’t want a stranger getting their hands on your goods. You can also look into applications that allow you to retrieve your data and then wipe the device clean remotely.
Using Your Own Gear
It is always preferable to use your own computer. This will prevent the likelihood of a virus affecting your work or an unknown person accessing your accounts. If you need to use a public computer, at the library or otherwise, always make sure to logout at the end of every session.
Get Yourself a 2 Step Verification
Your email address and social media channels are vulnerable doorways to your most private information. Your email account often holds confidential conversations, important files and your passwords or codes (so you don’t forget them). This means that if it is compromised someone can access everything inside. No thank you! We recommend setting up a 2 step verification code for your account.
Go Fishing Not Phishing
Phishing is when what appears to be a trusted source (Ie: an email from a friend or company you are in communication with) is actually a faker posing to be that person/company. They will ask you for personal information and passwords and then hack into your accounts. This can be frightening to think about, but it is important to just stay aware and sensitive. If you get a strange looking message that seems a bit off from what you’re used to – STOP. Don’t trust them and reach out another way (like a phone call) directly to check. Always better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t forget that all of the information you put online is public. From your Wix website to the funny picture of your puppy you just posted on Facebook, your info is on display for the world to enjoy. This is important when thinking about which address and contact information to put online and which images to share. If you wouldn’t want it on a billboard, don’t put it on the internet.