Internet Security is becoming as crucial as security on a standalone computer. Thousands of so-called marketers, hackers, thieves, and everything in between take to the net everyday looking for easy prey. It doesn’t matter what type of presence you have on the Internet; it is at risk. That is enough of the doom and gloom. Here are a few simple ways to protect your website, domain name, and maybe even your reputation.

Always use a secure password for any online activity. Usually a secure password will have 6 letters (one or more in caps), 3 numbers, and a symbol of some type. A username should be unique, easy to remember, but have some level of security to it, maybe a cap thrown in. Never send password info through the email. If you reset a password through an online system that sends a temporary, be sure to change the temporary right away. Beware of the free stuff requesting to use your login from Facebook, Twitter, etc. Watch out for renewal notices coming by mail or email regarding a domain name ready to expire. These things are insidious, and once you sign up with them getting your domain, or your money back may be next to impossible.

Two Factor Authentication is a must online today until there is something better. Set this up on all accounts you have to safeguard your Online life. I always set this up to text my cell phone a code when I am logging into banks, service providers, shopping services, etc. 

Websites require a Domain Registrar and a Hosting Company. Always use a reputable Domain Registrar/Hosting Company for any website you care about. The cliche “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true. Some of the best almost seem to hijack information if the customer is inexperienced, and the worst, well they are worse!

Web Developers, Website Designers, is a bag of cats in Tabasco sauce. A reputable company should do coding, design, and basic SEO work. They may subcontract out parts of the job, especially SEO copy, but are on top of the production of their work. Beware of outsourcing with a cheap provider. 

SEO gurus are flooding the market today, ready to put you at the top of Google. These characters approach us regularly by email, usually ending in Trust your web developer to do this for you, or go online to learn about it. By investigating SEO, the insight necessary to make these choices will be more apparent. Linking campaigns are still a rage on the net, and with excellent reason. Having the proper links really helps to provide the user with avenues to find the information they are looking for and gives the linked website an edge in the search engines. However, the sharks are here, with automated software looking for linking partners. Sometimes it is very hard to tell who is legitimately trying to link to you. Relevance is always the key, check out the proposed link and if you like it make a reciprocal link with them.

Blogging comments are the breeding ground for the link finders. These marketers are leaving comments on any blog they can so they can have a link to their site. Always use administrative approval for comments to eliminate nuisance commenters from polluting your site. 

Protect yourself from the Cyber Crooks that stalk the Internet by observing safe practices at all times.