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Server and Website Security

Server Security

The dedicated servers FireCask own are kept as secure as possible. We perform regular package updates, provide restricted access on a frequently reviewed basis and, other techniques to ensure the security of your website sat upon our server. FireCask does not allow access to our servers to anyone other than the key server maintenance team members who need access. As security always comes first, we don’t even allow SFTP/FTP access to our clients.

Website Security

Of course, just because a server is secure, it does not mean the websites sat upon the server are. Throughout the process of developing and maintaining a website, FireCask ensures security is always present in the thought process. Using minimal WordPress plugins (and only those that are from trusted developers), removing redundant and unnecessary code bloat, unit testing and general common sense, we attempt to minimise the likelihood of a vulnerability being present in any of our websites code bases. As with our servers, we do not allow our clients to simply install a WordPress plugin onto their sites, our team of developers will first review the request and ensure there are no known vulnerabilities before installing.

SSL Certificates

FireCask maintains a policy that every website we host MUST be secured via an SSL certificate. Gone are the days where having an SSL certificate was seen to be for online shops, geeks to play about with and which cost a fortune. A free SSL certificate is issued for all sites we host (even staging sites) and is hardened using the appropriate Cipher and a strong Diffie-Hellman key amongst other techniques. SSL Certificates are tested once implemented and renewed regularly.

Even More Security

FireCask don’t just stop at ensuring the servers, websites and SSL certificates are as secure as possible. We also go further by performing simple yet effective tasks such as adding in additional server headers, running testing tools, having user access levels and blocking IP addresses where necessary. Our code is securely stored using version control systems and backed up in multiple places.

Penetration Testing

Do you need a more comprehensive security test? FireCask can if necessary provide external Penetration Testing (Pen Test) through our trusted partners to ensure that your website is as secure as possible. We work with our penetration testers to provide you with a document explaining all the tests performed and what has been done to remedy any issue found.

Finally, some general security too!

Not only do FireCask make every effort to keep our customer’s websites, servers and projects secure, but we of course also ensure our non-digital security is as strong as possible.

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Our client testimonials

AXYZ Testimonial

FireCask performed a quick turnaround, redesigning and redeveloping our site, migrating our outdated CMS to WordPress all in a 10 week period. Since the launch of the site in December 2016, they have maintained the site and it has felt like they are an extended arm of AXYZ rather than an external agency. FireCask far exceeded our expectations when it came to redesign, redevelop, maintain and advise us on best practices for our site as well as their level of service.
- Robert Marshall, VP Marketing

Headspace Testimonial

Headspace have been working with FireCask since June and they have been an absolute pleasure to deal with. They offer advice, flexibility, creativity, are full of proactive ideas and their team are friendly and have knowledgeable specialists in every area. Crucially they really understand the Manchester space and enabled us to create beautiful marketing projects. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any business.
- Jonathan Hausmann, Head of Marketing

Morello Bookings Testimonial

Firecask is a fantastic company to work with. For anyone with limited website knowledge but needing one to do business, these guys will help by taking away all headaches…we have found the service they offer invaluable and are thanking our lucky stars we found them!
- Hannah Sanders, CEO

The Manc Group Testimonial

I highly recommend FireCask to anyone who is looking for a digital marketing and web development agency to take them to the next level.
- Sam Ridgway, Founder

The Liquor Store Testimonial

We’ve had a close working relationship with FireCask for a while now and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Big thanks to the team for moving our site to WordPress - it’s exactly what we needed to take more editorial control. They took the time to understand what it is that we wanted and the finished product is a true testament to the brilliant work that they do. We also opted for the ongoing site hosting, maintenance and general support that FireCask provides, and we’ve had absolutely no issues with this service either. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds!
- Doug Waldron, Owner

Henshaws Testimonial

Henshaws are extremely pleased with Firecask's web development and customer service. Even as a smaller customer we feel very looked after and listened to. They are knowledgeable, creative, very responsive and Alex keeps his attention on his customers. I highly recommend them and Alex.
- Deirdra Barr, Head of Marketing

Amy Winehouse Foundation Testimonial

Alex began consulting with the Amy Winehouse Foundation just after its formation. He has been able to not only help with the Foundation's website but has also become a valuable person to liaise between the Foundation and other organisations we work with and/or support.
- Jane Winehouse, Managing Trustee

123-Reg Testimonial

When we knew we were ready to re-focus and re-launch our content offering, we knew exactly where to turn. The expertise and in-depth knowledge of WordPress shown by Alex and his team were second to none and that was important in making sure we went beyond more than just a change of theme.
- Tim Fuell, Blog Editor

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