Security Issues with a CMS
In the context of discussing a CMS, we need to talk about security. Having a CMS comes with a level of risk and vulnerability. Since you will have access to administrative privileges when managing the website, strong user names and passwords are critical in the security management of a CMS website. Not only do they need to be strong (using upper and lower case characters, numbers, and special characters with a minimum length of 8), but the password should be changed at least every 90 days. Of course keeping password security is very important. Writing it down on a piece of paper and slipping it under your keyboard is not a secure practice. If your username and password are compromised, a hacker can then access your website and can change anything they want on your website. They certainly can change your password locking you completely out of your website.
The other important security topic when managing your CMS is to regularly update the CMS with new version updates and security patches. These updates are run on the server that is hosting your website. The security patches correct vulnerabilities that have been detected in the code, thus opening a window for hackers to gain access to your website even without having your user name and password. Be sure you are signed up to receive notices for updates and security patches via email.
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