5 Web Security Ideas That Will Make Your Business So Much Better
Business leaders are finally getting the message that security is an essential aspect of running a successful business. But actually putting decent security protocols into practice is anything but easy. Why does everything have to be so technical?
In this post, we’re going to look at the web security ideas that will make your business better and website more secure. Security can sound complicated because of all the jargon. But the basic concepts are relatively simple once you understand them.
Swap From HTTP To HTTPS
Fortunately, the vast majority of website platforms, like WordPress, already institute HTTPS as standard, so you don’t even have to think about it. Some companies, though, are still on the old HTTP standard – and that’s a problem.
HTTP is an old internet protocol that was okay back in the day when businesses didn’t need to collect personal user information. Today, though, it’s a disaster. You should avoid it all costs – even if you don’t intend to collect names, passwords, or credit card information.
Google has said that it will begin penalizing HTTP sites for SEO purposes, encouraging its users to access only HTTPS versions. And users themselves now expect HTTPS and will receive a warning in their browser if the website doesn’t have it.
Test Your Site Using Realistic Conditions
A lot of security testing is nothing of the sort. Companies like to believe that they’re probing their sites, but really, they’re not simulating real hackers accurately.
There are strategies, however, that get around these inbuilt issues. Penetration testing, for instance, deliberately tries to overcome existing security arrangements and isn’t afraid to break the rules. It attempts to realistically recreate the actions of third parties, providing genuine insight into their malicious activities.
Record All Error Messages
Hackers will sometimes try to use error messages to convince you that something is wrong with your site, even when there isn’t. For instance, you may receive prompts on your admin console, asking you to re-enter vital information such as passwords or keys.
These attempts are often nefarious and designed to get you to reveal information you wouldn’t ordinarily hand out. Beware of them. It could be the result of a sophisticated attack, such as an SQL injection.
Validate On Both Server And Browser Side
Hackers are very good at manipulating your website’s browser side, asking you to enter text or numbers into fake fields. It’s much more challenging for them to create similar conditions on the server-side.
Your security protocol, therefore, should involve checking both and figuring out whether they line up. Perform a site audit and try to figure out whether all your prompts are valid. If you notice discrepancies, it may indicate either a server- or browser-side issue, but more likely a browser-side one.
Check All Your Passwords
Finally, you should check all your passwords and insist on good password practices. Random sequences of letters and numbers are the way to go these days. Yes, they’re difficult to remember – but they can save you a lot of hassle.