Web Design Singapore Web Security Champion

Website security is important to everyone who owns a website, whether you have a brand reputation to protect or your website contains confidential customer data submitted to you. 

Uber’s 2017 data breach, which stole information from around 57 million passengers and drivers, likely contributed to the downfall of its business. If you can’t afford to destroy years of brand identity, development and traffic on your website, we invite you to read on.

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Prevention is better than cure, and cheaper. Years of experience have taught us the most important part of web design is security. Think about it this way. You have just opened a new shop. Do you lock it up or do you leave the door unlocked and exposed to theft?

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What Is Website Security?

Website security means taking measures to safeguard your website against cybercriminals and malicious exploitation. It’s similar to chaining up your store with multiple padlocks, installing security cameras and employing security guards 24/7.

For us, web security is the most essential part of a website. We create beautiful websites for you. But what good is a beautiful website when it can be hacked tomorrow, or worse, expose your business to potential defamation? 

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The #1 Reason Why People Leave Their Websites Unsecured

Most SMEs aren’t aware of the risks of being hacked and believe that hackers wouldn’t bother about small websites. What they don’t realise is hackers usually programme automated tools to find and attack vulnerable sites.

Many business owners are too busy to spend time and resources on basic website security, because of a false sense of security. This is why we make it a point to advise and inform our customers of all risks to the best of our ability.


Why Would Anyone Want To Hack My Website?

We get asked this a lot. Big hacking stories are usually shown in the news (SingHealth cyberattack in 2018) or in movies. Who cares about a small-time website selling keychains or a no-name blog with a few posts? The truth is these attacks are automated through a computer programme that performs attacks indiscriminately and rapidly.


Hacking tools and programmes are evolving every day, having progressed toward systematic and repeated attacks over a cycle. They don’t choose to hack your website. You get caught in the programme’s automatic and random trail of destruction. With little to no security, your website will get hacked sooner or later.

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What Hackers Want Once They Hack Your Website

  • Hijack your email server to send spam and malware to your customers, steal personal information, and eventually break down your entire email system.
  • Hijack your online traffic, also known as phishing. This means redirecting your online visitors to their own websites, which will be dyed in your brand colours and logo to trick users.
  • Deliver malware on your website, in the form of advertising or pop-ups to trick people into clicking them and getting infected.
  • Accessing confidential business information or customer data. The more sensitive, the bigger the bargaining chip to threaten companies.
  • There are any number of intentions why you might get hacked: Money, forcing you to shut down, defamation, or even for fun.



Build Trust With Your Customers

Customers are anxious about the security gaps of the Internet. It makes sense that SMEs won’t or can’t afford the best security software. The more you reassure visitors of your web security, the more they will return, become customers or recommend your business! They’re so commonplace that people immediately know when proper web security seals are absent. Having a stamp or seal of security provides reassurance that your website is secure.


Ever seen this “Not secure” label? It tells users that your website is not encrypted and unsecured.

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Your Website Is Your Brand

Your website is your brand, and your storefront where customers often start engaging you. Without web security, important business and public relations can be badly hurt. How are you securing your customer’s personal information on your contact forms?


The moment your website is liable to infecting visitors with malware, or leaking their personal information and financial details, your business and brand could be tarnished for life. Why would you throw away all those years of building a brand and prospects for the years ahead, due to a small negligence?


Learn From Other People's Mistake - Prevention is Cheaper Than Cure

Studies show that online attacks cost SMEs over $200,000 a year to rectify. Close to 60% of these businesses that didn’t survive the damages could still be operating, if only they had proper web security.


If you can repair the damages, you still lose a heavy portion of your business during downtime: Profits, online traffic, trust, etc. You’ll need time to salvage the situation through damage control, informing customers about your accountability and doing what you can to retract your blacklisted status by Google. 

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More Websites Are Hacked Every Year - Don't Be Another Victim

In 2015, Google declared 17 million websites in the world malicious or infected. In 2016, the number rose to over 50 million. Emerging web application vulnerabilities in 2017 were documented to be 212% higher than they were in 2016.

In 2018, Google notified registered website owners more than 45 million times, revealing issues affecting their websites in search results. Knowing how real and dangerous these cyber threats are, what can you do to secure your website and your brand?




Perform Daily Malware Scans

All websites may be exposed to vulnerabilities at any time. We scan your website daily for malicious programs or viruses. The scanner alerts you when a threat is detected. Think of it as a security programme similar to the one you may use for your computer, only it’s for your website.

As an assessment tool, this scanner detects urgent vulnerabilities to patch up and lowers your risk of getting hacked.

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Change Your Login URL

All websites have a login page that allows users to log into the back-end to manage their websites. WordPress uses a default URL structure for this: anywpsite.com/wp-admin


This makes it too easy for anyone or any automated programme to access your login page and attempt to hack your website. It is then just a matter of time before hackers break in with programmes that can perform rapid login attempts.


We customise your login URL to a random string of letters or a sequence that has meaning to only you. Now, only you know where the door to your website’s control centre is.


Auto Detection ReCAPTCHA V3 By Google

Does this image look familiar? The frustration is over, the ReCAPTCHA challenges that mock your observations skills are a thing of the past. There are usually more spam from bots than actual business enquiries made through your online contact forms.


reCAPTCHA v3 automatically detects and deters bots on every page, without interrupting your users’ experience. Just as our website is reserved for legitimate users, we know you expect the same for yours. This feature provides more flexibility and user-friendliness in keeping spam and saboteurs out.


Click here to see what Google has to say about it’s new reCAPTCHA.

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Brute Force Protection

Brute force attacks are attacks by automated programmes rapidly entering millions of login ID and PW combinations to hack into your back-end. Each minute, 3000 brute force attacks are easily carried out on any website.


We prevent brute force attacks from achieving their goal by blacklisting known IPs and limiting login attempts, i.e. an automatic ban after 3 failed login attempts. We documented how brute force attacks on our website are blocked by the automatic ban in real-time. Just ask us for a look!


2 Factor Authentication Logins - Just Like iBanking!

2FA is a way to guard access to sensitive data. More online service providers are using it to protect their users from hackers and identity theft. It’s easy for you to do too!


You can easily use the Google Authentication or Authy app. Just download it on your phone and generate a pin to be entered, then you log into your website with that pin.


With 2FA, you add an extra login step with a pin available only to you, making it much harder for hackers to hack your website.

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And Much More!

Even with the toughest security, something could still happen with your website. It happened to SingHealth, Uber, and even Google. It might not even be about security, but other factors. It might be an ingrown problem with the plugin updates, theme updates, Facebook embeds, heck, even Google itself. 

That’s why you need a form of guarantee. You’ll always have a secure version of your website to restore it to, if anything out of your control screws up.

Detects unauthorised changes in files, including but not limited to formats, sizes, uploads, downloads, etc.

Detects number of 404 error pages encountered by users. May be used to expose users with abusive intentions of trying to find vulnerable pages.

Automatic feature that measures the strength of your passwords and recommends best practices to strengthen it.

With an existing and peer-reviewed blacklist, this feature bans IPs of known hackers and adds to it when the list is updated. Individual banning of users can also be carried out.

Applies SSL feature to any post, page or admin page. 

Keeps a log of all activities and changes on your website, including automatic system updates, user logins, user activity, etc.

Settings for you to personally enable or disable functions that might open your website to malicious activities, e.g. disabling the comment section.

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