Your website is one of the most vulnerable parts of your IT setup, and the consequences of it being hacked can be very severe. The fact that your website is exposed to the world means that it is an easy target for hackers, and if it is compromised, it quickly becomes clear to all of your customers that you’ve been hacked.
Websites are compromised very frequently, even those belonging to huge companies that should really have security measures in place to stop this happening. Earlier this year, for instance, the website of the Dublin tram system was hacked. Visitors to the Luas website were greeted by the hackers’ message threatening to publish the stolen information unless they were paid one Bitcoin (approximately 3,300 Euros or $3,800 U.S.). Though the motivation for this attack appears to have been monetary gain, the hackers could have easily used their control of the site to spread malware or collect user information via a phishing attack.
For small businesses and individuals, it is often not feasible to spend hours setting up advanced security protocols for your website. Some companies can afford to outsource security, and there are certainly some benefits to that approach. Most of us, however, rely on the security tools and systems put in place by our web host.
That means that security should be one of your primary concerns when choosing a web host, and you should be aware that platforms take different approaches to ensuring the security of your site. Two of the most popular e-commerce platforms, Shopify and WooCommerce, have significant differences: Shopify handles security for you, whereas WooCommerce relies on your web host being secure.
Check out the security features that the best web hosting providers offer you, so you can choose a provider who takes