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How to Build a Secure Financial Website

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Picture this.

You build a beautiful website for your financial service or product. Everything is going smoothly and business is booming.

And then, just like that, your website’s security is compromised. Sounds like a disaster, right?

From gathering information in order to commit theft, to infecting computers with malware or stealing the URL itself, hackers have many reasons for compromising your website’s security. And when financial information is involved, breaches in security become even more serious.

So, how do you protect yourself, your employees, and your clients from these types of attacks? The best way to start is by building a secure website.

Read on to learn how to build a secure website for your financial product or services.

Select Your CMS

By using a CMS, or Content Management System, to manage your website, you can ensure that building your website is both easy and done correctly.

A secure website is built on strong foundations, and using a CMS is a simple way to ensure that your financial website has those foundations.

The key here is to make sure that you are constantly staying on top of patches and software updates that your CMS offers in order to give your site the most up-to-date security possible.

Hire a Web Host

So, you have your domain name, you have a CMS chosen, now what?

It’s time to hire a web host.

And lucky for us, many web hosts offer advanced security options to ensure safety for yourself and your customers.

Make sure that you shop around and ask each prospective hosting company which safety features they offer exactly. A good option to look out for is the use of a Secure File Transfer Protocol, which will heighten the safety of file uploads.

Apply a Firewall

The exact moment that your financial website is created, it is exposed to a multitude of cyber threats.

Immediately applying a web application firewall will defend your website before the invasions begin.

This is particularly important for websites where customers’ financial information is involved, like a Pay Stub Creator site.

Move to HTTPS for a Secure Website

HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. What does it do?

Simply put, it ensures that sensitive information is securely transferred between a server and a website.

Adding as many layers of security to your website possible as you build it will drastically reduce the risk of you or your client’s online safety being compromised.

Change the Name of Your Administrative Folders

Hackers can spot the administrative directories on your website immediately if they’re obvious.

Thankfully, most CMS’s will allow you to rename these directories to disguise them from possible infiltrators.

This is a super easy and quick step that can save you from a lot of attacks in the long run.

It’s That Simple!

To keep your financial website secure, it simply needs to be built with security in mind. And if you follow the steps above, you’ll be providing yourself, your employees, and your customers with the protection that they deserve.

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Stay safe out there!