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We are living in a day and age that technology is involved in almost every aspect of our lives. We have mobile phones that not only have taken the place of the traditional landline phones that only had one purpose (phone calls!) and have opened up a whole world of possibilities at the palm of our hands. Once upon time, computers were big enough to fill a whole room and weighed hundreds of pounds. Nowadays we have think little laptops that weigh less than a bag of sugar, that can do everything those old computers could do, and more!

With the dawning of technology and the world of the internet, comes the opportunity for anyone to have a website to promote their business, share their blog, you name it! There are many website domains out there; including WordPress that make it easy to have a way to advertise their business online. With the opportunity that comes with a website, also comes the risk of being hacked and having yours and your customers’ personal info stolen and your computer’s security breached.

One way to help prevent that is to have dependable anti-virus software installed on your computer, to help shield yourself from prying eyes trying to harm your website. Hackers can wreak havoc on a website including planting virus or Trojan, stealing personal information and deleting files from your network.

Once you protect your website with anti-virus software, it is important to maintain it and keep it updated. The reason for this is, hackers are finding new ways to hack every single day, and anti-virus security changes with that as the needs grow.

Another really important way you can protect your website is by being on your own network. Don’t be a cheapskate and depend on any free Wi-Fi that can be found in your neighborhood, such as at the local coffee house, or the library. Being on an open network leaves your vulnerable to hacks.

When you have your own network, make sure to help keep it secure with a password, to prevent people leeching off of your signal and leaving a gateway for hackers. Any information sent on an open network is subject to being viewed on any other computer on that network, including the hacker that is on your signal because you did not password protect.

Make your password complex and consist of many different characters, numbers and symbols. The more characters in your password, the harder it will be for a hacker to guess.

Lastly, if you are not too sure of what you’re doing, hire a dependable website designer to design your web page for you. They know the ins and outs of the computer world, and will be able to build you a safe, secure, and reliable website that you and your customers will enjoy!