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Online Business Security Tips: Part 2

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Online Business Security Tips: Part 2

Yesterday, we have seen some tips that you can apply when doing business online, which will help you protect the security of your online enterprises. Here is some more advice that you can use to help your websites, as well as your overall business be safer in the online world.

  • Make backup copies of everything

Creating backup copies of your website, as well as your other files is very important when it comes to securing your online business. All good quality web hosting service providers have a service in which they can make an automatic backup copy of your website every day, or you can make a manual backup at any time that you want. It would also be a good idea to download and store an additional backup copy of your websites either on your local computer, or on another server that is not connected to your main web hosting provider. This is because there have been cases where even some of the top hosting companies have had equipment failures or security breaches and were unable to restore all of the data from their own local backup copies.

When it comes to files that you keep in your computer, such as sites that you’re currently building, or databases of business contacts, etc. it’s always a good idea to create a backup copy of those as well. You can store them on an external device such as a USB drive that you store in a safe place, or upload them to an online backup facility. For increased security, encrypt the backup data if it contains any sensitive information. There are plenty of free encryption programs that you can download online to do that.

  • Be careful who you give access to your websites and accounts to

It can be quite convenient to hire freelancers or assistants to help you run your business. However, be sure to research the people you work with before. You wouldn’t want someone copying your website or going into business for themselves and stealing your niche marketing ideas.

  • Watch out for scripts and software that you use on your website

If you use scripts, plugins or site management software, be sure that the product that you’re using is legitimate. It’s better to get software directly from the website of the developers even if it’s free software, rather than use programs that were uploaded to online forums or file sharing services. Some scripts could contain hidden malware that could facilitate intrusion into your website or steal sensitive information.

  • Use the most up to date software

Any software that you use with your websites should be up to date to the latest version. This is because there are sometimes security vulnerabilities that are patched when new releases of web scripts, content management systems or plugins are made available to the users. Taking the time to check for updates every few days could avoid you a lot of trouble, so this is definitely something you should get into the habit of doing.

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Choosing A Web Hosting Provider – Part 2

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Choosing A Web Hosting Provider – Part 2

Technical support and customer service

In most cases, you simply won’t need to interact with your hosting provider’s technical support or customer service departments. However, if something goes wrong or if you need help, you will need to make sure that they are responsive and available to help you when you need them. Hosting providers have many ways to contact them, such as phone, email and live chat. Before you sign up for service, try contacting them to see if they are able to respond to your questions in a timely manner and most importantly of all, if they are able to respond correctly to your questions. Naturally, getting an off-topic answer in broken English is not a good sign.

Site building tools and templates

If you don’t already have a site pre-built, these will be very useful to help you set up your new web site in a few minutes. A lot of web hosts have site builder software in the control panel as well as many site templates for you to select from. Not everyone will need those, but obviously they are a big plus and can make building your site go a lot faster.

Additional software

While a lot of site features, such as guest books, can be added quite easily by downloading some free scripts off the web, a good web host will have a number of add-ons that can be instantly added to your site from their control panel. This includes blogs, counters, forums, guest books, form mail scripts, etc. If you think these will be useful on your site, make sure that you go with a web host that offers them.

Email features

While nearly all web hosts will give you a main you@yourdomain.com email address, you may find it useful to have more email addresses at your disposal, in addition to various other email related features. Some things to look for are the number of POP3 email accounts given, web mail access, email aliases, auto responder tools, as well as mail forwarding and mailing list tools. Your web host should also use spam filtering software that is effective, otherwise your inbox risks being filled with dozens of unwanted messages each day.

Website statistics

Do you want to know as much as possible about your visitors, rather than just the number of hits that your website has received? If so, be sure that your host provides you with good web statistics tools such as Webalizer and AWStats. These will let you see exactly where your visitors came from, which country they are from, which pages they have visited on your site and how long they have stayed on each page. Knowing this will allow you to optimize your site better and know how your traffic sources are performing.

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Choosing A Web Hosting Provider – Part 1

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Choosing A Web Hosting Provider – Part 1

If you are going to do business online, chances are you will need to put together a website. Whether you will only have one main website for your business or will need several different sites in order to promote products, you will obviously need a place to host your site. Here are certain things to look for when selecting a web host:

Bandwidth and storage

Today, many web hosting providers offer unlimited or very high storage limits. If your site is just a few pictures and some text pages, this won’t be much of a concern for you. But if you plan on running several sites, or include content that takes up a lot of space like videos or interactive games, it is something to look at. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transferred to and from your site every month. It won’t be much of a concern if you are just getting a few hundred hits a day or less and your site is relatively small in size. But if you host multimedia content such as streaming videos, or your site gets immensely popular all of a sudden, you may get close to your bandwidth limit. Note that if your bandwidth usage goes through the roof, even a host with supposedly “unlimited” bandwidth can kick you out.


Everyone wants their site to be available at all times. After all, every minute that your site is down could mean lost money for you. While every host will advertise something like 99.9% reliability, it can be quite difficult to determine whether this is actually real or if it’s just an advertising gimmick. The best way to find out is to read some reviews online from some other webmasters to see what they think about a particular web host.


Of course, this is a main point in making a decision about signing up for any service, including a web host. With decreasing costs and competition in the industry, the cost of web hosting has gone down in recent times. Do take note that certain web hosts require that you prepay for a certain amount of time. Some of them also give monthly rates, but they could work out to be more expensive than if you had taken a plan and paid in advance for a year or more. But you also need to consider as to whether you still plan on having that site up during all that time. Note that even if you decide to build a new site and get rid of your old one, you could still keep your hosting account. You would just need to get a new domain name and set it to point to your hosting account. But note that price should not be your main concern. Even if a host gives the best rates but their server goes down for hours each day, it will not be much of a benefit for you to use them.

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