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Your Web Security Checklist for the New Year

The New Year has officially begun! You’ve raised your glasses, toasted to friends and family, and made those resolutions. There’s no better time to get back on solid ground with your website security.

To help you easily make sure you’re properly securing your site, we’ve pulled together the most important elements of basic (and not so basic) web security.

Let’s start with the major ones: Password Management, Whois, SSLs, and 2FA.

ü Password Management

Your login password is arguably the simplest, most important, and most neglected element of your online security. Why? Because it’s a hassle to remember new passwords. Or maybe because you can’t think of a good one. Or maybe it’s because you think “who could possibly guess that my password is my wife’s birthday plus her first name?” (Some of you just got a little nervous with that last one, didn’t you?)

The point is, password security relies on human invention and, therefore, human error. The more vigilant you are with managing your login info, the lower the risk of making simple mistakes that could lead to big problems.

We’ve talked about some helpful tips for generating strong passwords and you can learn even more about smart password management in our Knowledgebase.

ü Whois Privacy

As with visiting the dentist or changing the oil in your car, a bit of preventative maintenance can go a long way. Check the Whois information on all your domains at least twice a year to ensure it’s still current. Inaccurate Whois data can lead to suspension of your domain—an unwelcome surprise that’s easily avoidable with a little planning.

And while you’re at it, it’s a great practice to protect your public contact information with WhoisGuard. WhoisGuard masks your personal Whois data by sending domain lookup inquiries through your site’s registrar, which means less spam and other unwanted attention. (And Namecheap offers free WhoisGuard on eligible domains for the first year.)

Already have WhoisGuard? Terrific! But did you know that you have to renew your domain and your WhoisGuard separately? Now’s the perfect time to note the expiration date of both to avoid any lapses in privacy, especially if you own several domains.

ü SSL Assurance

We’ve written a lot on this blog about the benefits of SSL security certificates, and for good reason: the data encryption and domain verification that SSLs provide have become indispensable safety features for online business. SSLs are a great way to boost your SEO, believe it or not, and Google’s Chrome browser has even gone as far as to issue a warning before loading sites that don’t provide valid SSL protection.

The simple truth is, if you’re doing business on the web, you need to have strong, reliable SSL protection.

Got an SSL for your site already? Great! You now may want to take a look at increasing your security level, especially if you’ve increased the amount or changed the type of sensitive transactions on your website. Namecheap offers all levels of SSL to suit your needs, including Positive SSL for just $9.00 a year.

ü Two-Factor Authentication

In recent years, Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) has become more and more essential as a security component. Facebook, Amazon, and Google have all boosted customer trust and security by providing 2FA as a means to verify user accounts. 2FA protects your accounts by adding a simple verification step (entering a code sent to your mobile number) before allowing access your account. This way, even if a hacker or thief obtains your login credentials, they’re still out of luck if they don’t have your 2FA access code.

The number of domain thefts and hacked websites continues to grow, so securing your web accounts with 2FA is a no-brainer. Set up 2FA for free on your Namecheap account today.

ü Take Your Site Security to the Next Level

Ok, so you’ve handled the tasks above like a pro. Ready for more? We’ve got something for every domainer who’s dedicated to covering all their online safety angles.

As wide as the World Wide Web is, there are always opportunities to make it safer. Users just like you do their part by taking steps to protect their sites, data, and identities. Working together, even in small ways, we can help keep the Internet a powerful, safe, and fun resource for everyone.

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Basil is a senior content writer for Namecheap, Inc. Based in Seattle, he works as a freelance copywriter, actor, teacher, performance and presentation coach, and musician. Against the advice of his friends, children, and personal physician, he’s recently become obsessed with skateboarding and personal electronic transportation gadgets. More articles written by Basil .

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