A Quick Guide to Website Security for Webflow Users

Written by: Cody McBride May 2021

High-profile security breaches are nothing new — they happen every day. But the results are the same: lost trust and potentially damaged systems. While large corporations have the time, staff, and money to put into repairing major cybersecurity snafus, most of us do not. If you are getting ready to move your website over to Webflow from WordPress or another platform, keep reading for a few tips on how to make your site as secure as possible.

Use experts to migrate and set up your new Webflow site.

First, understand that there are differences between each platform. Unless you plan to learn all of the nuances, it’s best to pay an expert when you’re ready to migrate to Webflow. A webflow developer utilizes their expertise along with tools designed to assist with migration and site development.

You may also want to bring in a cybersecurity pro to help evaluate your site and offer an extra layer of protection. Bear in mind, however, if you choose a freelancer, you’ll want to confirm not only their cost and delivery time, but also availability and customer satisfaction ratings by reading reviews.

Prevent comment spam.

Google and other search engines very much dislike spam comments. These are comments left on an article or blog post that are meant to draw your readers’ attention away so they click on a potentially dangerous link. Make sure your web developer uses Disqus or similar plug-ins/integration to automatically filter out malicious comments.

Block hackers with IP address monitoring.

Monitoring for repeated attempts at gaining access to your website is one of the best ways to prevent brute force attacks. An example of a brute force attack, according to Infosec Resources, is a dictionary attack. This is when a hacker uses software that attempts millions of passwords individually to gain access to your site. IP address monitoring is an important and prudent line of defence

Utilise AWS Shield.

Amazon Web services offer a host of excellent products that integrate seamlessly with Webflow sites. AWS Shield is one of these that protect against XSS cross-site scripting, as well as SQL injection attacks.

Add an SSL security certificate.

Webflow University explains that SSL hosting creates “an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.” SSL certificates are crucial any time customers input information into your website. It allows you to run an e-commerce store safely and provides a secure layer of encryption between your site and your users.

Don’t skip regular backups.

Regularly backing up your data is one of the most basic things you can do as a site owner. In the cloud, everything on your site can be backed up at regular intervals. This means you will always be able to access your data, even if cybercriminals block you from your actual site.

Upgrade to HTTP/2 — and get a bonus SEO boost!

HTTP/2 is like the younger, wiser, and faster brother of HTTP. It allows for expedient data flow in both directions, which reduces client/server exchange times. Further, HTTP/2 is automatically (but optionally) encrypted. As an added bonus, it looks great to the search engine crawlers and may give your website an advantage over similar sites that utilize the old HTTP.

Prioritize passwords on sensitive pages.

You already know that you should be using a password to log into your website, and so should your customers. Make sure that your passwords — plus those of your employees and website users — are, at minimum, seven characters long. Stronger passwords contain numbers and letters, potential misspellings, or a seemingly random string of letters.

While there is no guarantee that you will never be targeted, the tips above will act as a fence around your online real estate. Remember, however, that cybercriminals are smart, and they continue to gain knowledge each day. Make sure your website stays up to date, too, and that you continually scrutinize your security protocols.

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