We all hear on the news more frequently than we should about a major website or Internet service portal being attacked and thousands of confidential records being stolen or lost. Even big banks and popular sites are vulnerable to attacks despite their constant efforts to protect their users and clients. So at the small level, website designers and developers must take extra measures to protect ourselves and the visitors and users of our websites.
Sites that offer e-commerce are particularly vulnerable and attractive to hackers of every kind. They are after the personal and confidential information of those who shop on the site as well as the information being stored by the websites host server. It is essential to implement security measures that accommodate the kind of online presence you are creating. For example, a blog doesn’t require the same security measures as a site that has a shopping cart for purchasing products but the blog still needs to protect itself. Spam and tracking cookies are some of the sleaziest methods used on unsuspecting surfers on the web.
They may not steal anything you notice right away, it could just be your online behavior and habits at first, recording your every move you make and all of your log-in information, shopping choices, social networking hangouts, etc. Then the attack comes when they assume your online identity and drain your resources or sell your information to others. believe it or not, this information can even end up in the hands of so-called legitimate companies who want to market their goods and services to you. it is a cold world out there already but the Internet can be even colder because you are often not aware until it is too late.
This information is not here to scare you and the fact remains that whatever we do is sometimes not enough against a determined attacker but this information will empower you. We all know this stuff goes on and have heard the stories so it is nothing new. We just have to take precautions to protect our Internet ventures and those who use our services. With that said, MindVisionMedia.net has a few suggestions you can use to protect your sites, your visitors and your clients online. there is also a link to a very interesting but somewhat technical article below explaining the whole security issue and how businesses deal with online security threats and risks, a very eye-opening and educational read! Remember to always consult your web hosting service for the best methods to protect the type of site you are building!
- Make sure you know what you plan to do with your site in advance. If you plan to offer e-commerce, then ask your hosting company what they offer in the way of security measures.
- If required, make sure that you provide SSL and HTTPS access to secured pages on your site that process log-ins and transactions(there may be additional cost involved with your hosting plan).
- Install and maintain your own Virus, Firewall and Spam protection on your local computer.
- Save your passwords and important information on a password protected drive or in hard copy form not on your computer.
- Clean your Browsers history, cache and cookies regularly and NEVER enable “accept third party cookies” (check your browser settings for instructions)
- Always check the browsers address bar and look for “HTTPS” in front of the web address when you are logging in or conducting online transactions.
- When visiting a website for business, check the spelling on the sites name in the address bar, hackers will make fake sites look just like the real thing and only change one letter or character. A quick glance won’t do, check for exact spelling!
- Continue to read and learn about security and online safety to protect you and your clients.
Click the link below to read an introductory article that explains E-Commerce Security Basics: