Cybersecurity Guidance By Realising Designs & The Forge Partnership

Protecting and securing your website

Securing your small business website is essential for protecting your business from cyber threats and ensuring the safety of your customers’ personal information. By implementing security measures and following best practices, you can reduce the risk of your website being hacked or your business’s reputation being damaged. Here are some tips for securing your small business website:

  1. Use a reputable and secure hosting provider.
  2. Keep your website software and plugins up to date to reduce vulnerabilities.
  3. Use strong and unique passwords for all accounts associated with your website.
  4. Enable two-factor authentication for added security.
  5. Use secure protocols such as HTTPS to protect data transmitted between your website and your visitors’ browsers.
  6. Regularly scan your website for vulnerabilities and address any issues that are identified.

It is good to ensure that your host website backups:

  • Provide automated backup solutions that can handle large volumes of data and ensure a complete and accurate backup.
  • Schedule regular backups: Set up a schedule for regularly backing up website data to ensure that it is always protected.
  • Store backups in a secure location: Store backups in a secure location, such as an offsite server or cloud storage, to protect against data loss in case of a disaster.
  • Test backups regularly: Test backups regularly to ensure that they are complete and can be restored successfully.
  • Offer support for restoring backups: Provide support and guidance to customers who need to restore their website from a backup.
  • Communicate with customers: Keep customers informed about the status of their backups and any issues that may arise.

Our Customer Hosting

For hosting customers of Realising Designs and The Forge Partnership, both companies have a multiple layered backup to a 90-day immutable storage, with regular business continuity tests to ensure backups are actionable.   Multiple locations are used and all data is housed in secure data centre facilities in the UK and Europe.

We’re pleased to remind you that our hosting service has been carbon neutral since July 2022, partnering via a tree planting scheme Ecologi and have offset 9 tonnes of CO2 over 6 months – you can see our forest here.