Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

The old saying “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies to data privacy. A small piece of harmful code that is uploaded to your website could cause major damage, ranging from an opening of a pop-up, to stolen sessions or passwords and even a complete system breach. As part of your security measures for data you must define the frequency and manner in which your system is scanned for this type of malicious code, and what safeguards are in place limit the risk.

Update any software or scripts which you use on your website regularly. Security flaws are being targeted by hackers in the most popular web applications, and a deficiency in timely updates leaves your system vulnerable. It is also recommended to limit database or network accessibility to only the minimum number of people required to perform their work.

Create a response plan to address any potential breaches and designate an employee to oversee the procedure. Based on the nature of your business, you might be required to notify customers, law enforcement officials, customers, and credit bureaus. This is a serious process that should be planned in advance.

Create strong password requirements for consumer accounts. Ensure that you have a reliable method of storing passwords, for example, requiring the use of upper and lowercase letters, numerals and special characters as well as using salt and slow hash functions. Avoid storing unnecessary information about users, and if you do, lower the risk by encrypting the data or eliminating it after a certain amount of time.

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