Your website is the online representation of your organization or business. It is a bridge that connects your customers with your business for information, e-commerce and more. It helps you reach out to new customers and stay in contact with existing clients, therefore, it is very important that you keep your website secure in order to protect your website visitors, clients and your business. These days the web can be a dangerous place. Hackers have a plethora of tools and techniques at their disposal useful in breaking into websites and infecting computers to steal personal information and hold data hostage. Here we list 5 easy tips that will help you secure your online presence. Ensure Safe Browsing for Your ClientsSecurity badges have shown to boost customer confidence in your online business, and have been proven to increase conversions by 10% or more. Most website security companies and scanning services provide a security badge to display on your homepage and show your visitors that your website has been scanned and is free of malware and viruses. Not only will your customers have more incentive to buy from you, but you will also be alerted immediately if a malware attack were to occur giving you the opportunity to get rid of the malware before your website is blacklisted by Google and the other search engines! Beef Up Those Passwords!One of the most important security features used today are passwords. It is important for both you and all your website users to have secure passwords. Use a password program that forces you to set secure passwords. Make sure your password program is up to date. Also, it helps to know how to create good passwords. Use this guide here and change any passwords that you think may not have enough encryption. It’s a good idea to use different passwords for everything. While it is a pain to remember 20 different encrypted passwords, it is a small price to pay compared to the threat of loosing proprietary data to cyber-criminals! Update Your WebsiteThis is one of the easiest things you can do to proactively protect your website. Running out of date CMS(Content management software) and plug-ins are the most common ways that hackers are able to gain access and attack your site with malware. Make a list of all the plug-ins and third-party software on your site and remove the unnecessary ones as well. For the ones you do use and want to keep, make sure you have the latest versions and updates installed. You can also download the iLockout security plugin for WordPress to make sure all of your core files are original and not be modified by hackers. Educate Your Employees About Phishing EmailsWhether you are extremely cautious about opening third-party emails or not – hackers are getting scary good at impersonating legitimate business emails from sources like – PayPal, FedEx, Apple, just to name just a few – and luring victims into clicking on links in order to update account information, track a package, download an important update, etc. It only takes one employee to click on one of these innocent looking, but malicious download links to compromise your computer, website or business. A short meeting to educate employees on safe email practices is worth it’s weight in gold! Update Web Browsers Regularly and Enable Security FeaturesChoose “Yes” when browser programs like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari prompt you to update them. Up to date browsers protect you against security vulnerabilities in older versions. Adjust the security settings for Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari browsers to warn you about annoying and potentially dangerous security threats like popups, spyware, and malicious add-ons. Downloaded files like software or other media can hide malware on your computer without your knowledge and using safe-browsing settings can help combat these security threats.