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Website Security Isn’t an Option

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Since 2014, Google has been encouraging website owners to use HTTPS.  So what is HTTPS?  HTTP is Hypertext Transfer Protocol and is the technology that passes information for websites across the Internet.  HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP and uses an SSL Certificate to encrypt the traffic, which is a good first step in website security.  When a website uses HTTPS the data is protected from hackers viewing the traffic.  Sensitive data such as credit cards can then be passed across the Internet securely.  

Using HTTPS correctly will give your website a boost in the search engine ranking.  Many marketing companies have caught onto this and have started using HTTPS.  Now Google is moving from carrot to stick.  When Chrome version 62 comes out in October websites with text input will require an SSL certificate.  If you don’t have HTTPS then Chrome will display a “Not Secure” warning in the address bar. In addition, to this Google has already started to blacklist websites that allow password and credit card fields without using HTTPS.

We have run across many websites that fail at HTTPS.  Registrars and hosting companies offer SSL certificates but don’t provide assistance with implementing the certificates correctly.  There are three aspects of proper HTTPS implementation.  First, you must purchase a certificate and have it installed on the hosting server.  This can be tedious and require the process to be repeated annually.  Remembering when the certificate expires and renewing it is frustrating.

Second, the website must redirect all traffic to HTTPS.  A certificate without this step is useless and many website owners fall prey to clever marketing that provides a certificate but no implementation.  This redirect can be done many different ways.  All pages should be permanently redirected so that the SEO value transfers correctly.

Third, the code may need to be adjusted as a result of mixed content errors.  Mixed content is when an image is using HTTP and the web page is using HTTPS.  Because one is secure and the other is not this creates a mixed content error.  All assets such as images, CSS, and javascript must use HTTPS if the web page is using HTTPS.  This is especially important with WordPress websites.  

Anttix utilizes webClinic Pro for website hosting and website security.  Our customers enjoy proper implementation as part of the service.  You don’t need to worry about figuring out how to make your website secure, all of this implemented for you and reviewed regularly to ensure that your website stays secure.
 

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I55 Auto Salvage

Web Design Channahon

Anttix developed this website for the automotive parts industry with dynamic content such as interactive maps, contact forms, and cut sheet information. This site is designed to bridge the user's needs with I-55's extensive inventory of automotive parts. Anttix is also proud to work directly with I-55 for additional service needs to provide on-site, one-on-one service for our client's modern technology needs.

Location: Channahon, IL
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Metro Animal Service

Pet Crematorium Website

Established in 1974, Metro Animal Service is a family-owned Pet Crematorium located in rural Plainfield, IL. Metro has continued to grow for over thirty years with the high demand for a service that shows respect and care during a pet owner's time of need. Compassion and reverence for pet owners and their beloved pets drive Metro Animal Service every day, and personal attention to detail and a long-term staff is what makes them a valued institution in Plainfield.

With that growth, Anttix assisted with the conversion of an antiquated and cumbersome process for managing pickup, processing, and the return of pet remains with a web-based application built directly into their website. Through this unique and custom Cremation Request System, Metro Animal Service can track and manage cremation requests across all of the pet care institutions they serve far more accurately and smoothly. As a long term customer, Metro Animal Service provided Anttix the opportunity to help them grow with today's technology needs.

Location: Plainfield, IL
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Managing A Vulnerable Website

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In the recent years we are noticing more and more just how aggressive hackers can be. With the many large institutions getting compromised every day this creates fear but it lacks understanding for website owners who are not sure what to do and whether or not they are vulnerable to these same attacks. This article explores both those questions and a few more when it comes to the vulnerability of your website.

First, let’s answer the simple question of whether your website is vulnerable. The simple, scary truth is yes, it is. No matter how big or small or you are, or how secure your server and site are, there is still a chance your site can be hacked. Hackers don’t just use one method to attack sites, they try several different routes and one just might fail and let them in. They do not always single out sites for attack either, more often attacks occur across several sites at once as a blanket attack. In some cases the hackers simply find a way in and plant a seed, such as an account or virus, to use later to exploit the site. This is not meant to scare you, but just to face the simple reality that any site can be vulnerable at any time so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Second, the question becomes what to do to prevent an attack. The best steps include the following:

Secure your site with SSL encryption

This should be standard for all eCommerce sites and those that collect sensitive data, but even basic sites can benefit with some sort of encryption.

Implement Spam Protection

Besides run of the mill spam acting as unwanted advertising and backlinks, spam can be used maliciously to plant viruses and backdoors into a site. Protection against spam can block most if not all of this unnecessary and malicious email.

Update Your Site Software

Unless your site is built with raw HTML files, chances are your content is managed by a CMS package like Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal. If so, this software should be updated as often as possible and every single time a security alert pops up. The developers and communities responsible for these site software packages implement new security fixes every day in response to potential threats. Speak with your web developer about the last time your site software is updated and whether an update is in order.

Acquire Protection Services

This is often provided as a service from your web host or web developer service by means of a protection plan. Some cost may be involved, but having a team ready and able to fix any problem that may occur with a compromised site can be invaluable.
The bottom line is the only person responsible for your site after an attack is you, the site owner. Hosting companies and web developers can only help, but fixing the problem falls on your shoulders. When you realize that you are liable for the information, sometimes sensitive, on your site becoming compromised you will know it is time to be preemptive before it’s too late.

For questions or concerns about the security of your website, contact Anttix today at (877) 426-8849 or click here to contact us.

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