Small businesses are small targets for cybercriminals, right? In fact, the opposite is true. Recent studies found that small businesses are three times more likely to be a target of attacks like phishing, social engineering, and breaches. That’s concerning because 42% of small businesses have no plan to act in the wake of a cybersecurity issue. How can you make sure that your website security stands up to the challenge? Here are tips you can use for your own website or other sites you visit.

Look for the Lock

Next to the URL, you should see a lock icon. All major web browsers, including Firefox and Google Chrome, use this lock to signify whether or not a site uses Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). While that sounds confusing, it serves as shorthand to say that the site has an additional digital certificate verifying that the information you send to the website is secure. Nobody can intercept emails, credit card information, or other things you send to the website while the information is in transit. There can still be security issues on the back end, but they will not occur during transmission.

While the absence of the lock does not mean that you are in immediate danger, HTTPS is considered standard today, so you should have caution, keep website security in mind, and never input information on an unsecured site.

Spot Website Security Design Red Flags

Most dangerous and scammy websites have subtle signs that are actually glaring if you know what to look for. Some of the signs a website is a duplicate or fraud include:

  • Misspellings and grammatical errors
  • Dead links
  • Low-quality images
  • Long load times
  • Poor page design
  • Missing pages

Many of these red flags can also be found on outdated websites for real businesses, which is part of why it’s so critical to keep your business website up to date. Don’t risk your real site appearing like a scam!

Work with Professionals

Most businesses simply do not have time to handle the security for their business website on top of all their other work. One of the best ways to rest easy that your website is safe around the clock is working with professionals like the team at Because You’re Busy.

We monitor every business website we create 24/7 for problems, and our team is able to proactively prevent issues from occurring and react quickly in the rare event something does occur. Don’t worry about learning a new skill on top of what you already do well and leave your secure website in our hands.

Get the Website Security You Need with Because You’re Busy Co

At Because You’re Busy, we offer a comprehensive range of services designed to help you master digital marketing without compromising the safety and security of your business. We have worked with hundreds of businesses to transform outdated websites into modern, fresh websites with compelling content. If you’re ready to start your website rebuild or curious whether your existing site could benefit from one, visit us online or call us today at (410) 324-3934.