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How to secure your nonprofit's website

Nowadays, cyber attacks can happen almost anywhere and to anyone who operates in the online world. No matter if you own a profitable business or a nonprofit organization, you may become a target of a cyber attack nonetheless.  It's difficult enough for nonprofit organizations to attract valuable investors and interested individuals who will donate to their cause without the lingering issue of investors' sensitive data being stolen or funds getting hijacked.

What's more, nonprofits allocate the majority of their funds to the cause, which leaves less for implementation of proper security measures. However, without the proper security measures in place, nonprofits risk not just losing funds or putting their patrons in an unpleasant situation, but also risk putting the entire cause in jeopardy. That's why it's important to secure a website and ensure the safety of both the nonprofit organization and their investors. Here are a few ways to secure your nonprofit's website.

1

Install security software

Security software is essential for nonprofit organizations. The main reason is that it protects your network, as well as your website from malicious software, such as computer viruses, spyware, ransomware and so on. In addition, security software can detect and remove malware before it can do any major harm to your system.

That's why nonprofits simply need to implement adequate security software and ensure their cybersecurity measures are in order. Moreover, most security software requires investment, but there are also free versions available, that can perform well. However, paying for the license won't take too much out of your budget, but it can make a huge difference in protecting your nonprofit website.

2

Encrypt your data

Your website must be secured, so that its visitors can learn all they need about your cause and make donations without any risks. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is one of the most reliable ways to secure your website. Not only does it encrypt communications between your website and user's browsers making it more secure, but it's also a major ranking factor for search engines, such as Google.

Four Dots published an article explaining what SSL/TSL certificates are and their importance to your cybersecurity, as well as your SEO efforts. However, if you don't know how to implement the right certificates on your own, it would be a good idea to get some local assistance from someone who can. For instance, if your nonprofit operates from New York, you can contact this New York SEO company to help you chose a proper certificate for your website.

3

Educate your staff members

Nonprofit organizations usually have a number of staff members on hand to help out with the cause. Not to mention volunteers who come in each day. Simply put, a lot of people may have access to your organization's website and its data.

Therefore, if you want to keep your nonprofit's website secure, you have to educate your staff on how to handle data properly and avoid cyber threats. Lack of proper knowledge and awareness about security issues can easily lead to data breach. That's why you should implement extra measures, such as signing security policies and taking courses about cybersecurity for each staff member.

4

Implement strong passwords

Strong passwords are crucial for securing your website, especially for nonprofit organizations. People oftentimes implement logical and/or short passwords that are easy to remember. Those kinds of passwords can easily be hacked and used for malicious purposes.

You need passwords that are between 12 and 18 characters long. In addition, they must contain lower and upper case letters, symbols and numbers. The more complex the password, the more difficult it is to crack. Moreover, don't use the same password twice, such as for social media accounts, email log-ins and so on.

Further information

Cybersecurity shouldn't be taken lightly. Just because you run a nonprofit organization it doesn't mean you're not a target. What's more, small organizations are more frequently targeted than large companies. That's why it's important to implement proper security measures and ensure your nonprofit website is secured. That way, both your funds and your investors' privacy are protected from harm.

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