Recent high-profile breaches have shown just how vulnerable our web presences can be. It’s likely you’ve already taken precautions to secure some of your most sensitive accounts such as Gmail, Facebook, and Venmo.
But social media and payment apps are not the only internet destinations that require security protocols. Any websites you host may also be at risk.
Hackers can target websites to try to gain access to sensitive details or to attempt to host content at that domain. Each content management system (CMS) has its own set of available security options. We’ve already given WordPress users a guide to increase their online security. But many also flock to popular site Squarespace as their CMS of choice.
Here are some suggestions for increasing the safety of your Squarespace experience.
Use A Unique Password
You’ll see this at the top of all of our security guides for a reason. Creating a strong, unique password that you’ve never used before and won’t use again is the first step to bolstering your account protection. It is tougher on the memory than repeating one password across the board, but worth the inconvenience. If a hacker gains access to one of your sites, any other site that uses those same login credentials can then become compromised. Strong individual passwords for each of your accounts can help contain any potential security breaches to just the one affected site.
Squarespace also recommends users change their passwords every few months for best security upkeep.
[Better yet, use a Password Manager!]
Squarespace provides the option for another layer of security before gaining access to your account in the form of two-factor authentication, which you should definitely enable to increase protection. When two-factor authentication is set up, you’ll have to enter a code sent to you via SMS after entering your username and password before you are able to gain access to your account.
To enable this feature for Squarespace, you first need to download an authentication app — the site recommends Google Authenticator. After that, hit your profile icon and go to “Account & Security.” Click Two-Factor Authentication, then Set Up Two-Factor Authentication. From there, enter your password and follow the prompted next steps.
Enable Google reCAPTCHA
If your website involves the submission of forms, that invites the potential for spam responses. Squarespace gives you the ability enable Google reCAPTCHA to deter that type of submission as long as you have a Google account. To initiate setup, go to Settings Panel, Advanced, External Services. Then, scroll until you find Google reCAPTCHA.
Keep Contributors Up To Date
If you have contributors with access to your site who no longer need it, Squarespace suggests severing ties for security reasons. If a contributor’s account is compromised, that puts your site at risk. Maintaining a small list of active contributors can help limit your vulnerability.
Another way to limit unwanted access to your site is making sure to log out at all times — especially if you access your account from a public computer such as at an office, school or library. If you’re not sure if you’ve logged out from all devices that have accessed the site, you can force a log out by hovering over the login and clicking the trash can icon. You can similarly disconnect from a mobile app if your cell phone gets lost or stolen. Head to your account dashboard, go to Account & Security, then Connected Apps.
Save Content Off Site
Squarespace has system backups in place to protect your content. But for the safest option, the platform suggests saving copies of your text and image content offsite. That way, no matter what malfunction might occur, you won’t lose your actual work.