These days, your website is your digital business card. We can almost guarantee that every new and potential patient will visit your website before scheduling an appointment. Even though your website does not contain government secrets, there is still a chance it will be the subject of a cyberattack. Below are four tips to prevent this from happening.
We know, simple passwords are just easier to remember. But a strong password makes it harder for hackers to breach your security. The ideal password will be between 12 and 18 characters with symbols, numbers, lowercase and capital letters. In addition to creating a strong password, it is important to resist the urge to use it for all of your logins. Experts also recommend changing your password every three months.
Malware, viruses and other types of malicious software can strike at any time. There are many websites available you can use to scan your site to make sure it is safe; there are also built-in security options provided by your web hosting service. Scans should be performed monthly so you can improve security when needed and avoid potential security breaches. If you suspect any suspicious behavior, scan your website immediately.
A simple upgrade from standard HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to HTTPS (HTTP Secured) can add another layer of protection to your website. HTTPS encrypts any communication between the user and the website, ensuring hackers cannot intercept the information. Websites with HTTPS status have a lock icon in their URL.
None of the security you have put into place matters if you do not update your software regularly. Unfortunately, security threats are constantly evolving and hackers are getting smarter and trickier with every day. New patches and updates are made available to you; it is your responsibility as the user to update accordingly.
Web security is important; web security for a site containing patient-identifying medical information is downright essential. Having a website your patients trust is crucial for your business’ success.