Is Your Website Making You Stressed?
Did you know April is Stress Awareness Month – don’t let your website add to your worries…
According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed over the last year, that at some point they have become overwhelmed, or unable to cope.
This years’ theme for Stress Awareness Month is Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control.
Research has shown that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed than ever this since the Covid-19 restrictions began last March. The causes are all linked to the feelings of disconnection, the uncertainty we have all faced, and a loss of control.
Those of us in business have the extra stress of keeping that business viable.
If you look at the seven reasons below for feeling stressed, being a business owner ticks most of the boxes, without the added uncertainty of living through a pandemic.
Seven reasons for feeling stressed:
- being under lots of pressure
- facing big changes.
- worrying about something.
- not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation.
- having responsibilities that you're finding overwhelming.
- not having enough work, activities or change in your life.
- times of uncertainty.
Running a business, it is possible to tick several of those stressors, particularly number four around -not having control over a situation. In business we’ve learned all about this over the last year.
How can you alleviate your website worries?
Do you have nightmares about your business website?
Do you dream it’s been hacked, it’s not working or it’s turning customers away?
Websites are the lifeline for new clients and contacts to find you; they’re your online shop window and sometimes your shop too. Either way, they are important for your business, and vital to give a good impression when people are searching for you online.
If your website isn’t working or is dated and insecure, it’s not surprising that you might be feeling stressed about it. Often if you are feeling this way, you will bury your head in the sand or procrastinate about getting content or design sorted – and what is that costing you?
Be honest - is your website stressing you out?
If the answer is ‘yes’, you are not likely to be alone. On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked every day.
- Up to 88% of UK companies suffered data breaches in the last 12 months.
- Every 19 seconds, one small business in the UK is successfully hacked.
- 43% of businesses identified cyber security breaches or attacks in 2020.
- 48% of UK organisations were hit by ransomware in 2020, according to Sophos.
- 32% of UK companies have cybersecurity insurance that doesn’t cover ransomware.
The problem is your potential customers can lose trust in you – almost before a relationship has begun. Also existing clients can lose their trust in your business too. If you are not keeping your website secure and up to date – what does that say about your business in general?
Did you know?
- 33% of UK organisations say that they lost customers after a data breach.
- 44% of UK consumers claim they’ll stop spending with a business after a security breach, and 41% say they’ll never return to that business post-breach.
- Only 31% of UK organisations have done a cyber risk assessment in the last 12 months.
Plus, with the increase of staff working from home during the pandemic has led to a whole new level of security breaches.
With the chance of any of these things happening to your business, you have every right to worry when your website is not up to scratch!
Here are seven ways to allay fears about your business website?
- Know when and how you are collection sensitive data from your customers/clients, and protect it.
- Ensure that you and your team know how to identify and defeat phishing attacks
- Implement strong password requirements and multi-factor authentication.
- Make sure you have effective patch management solutions.
- Ensure you have Firewall technology.
- Implement Bot and Botnet detection and protection tools.
- Run penetration tests on a regular basis.
- Contact us and we can help you sort out your website worries!
If your website is well-built in the first place with many of these systems in place, you are in a better situation to fight any cyber-attacks.