Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

The old adage “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies to data privacy. A small amount of harmful code that is uploaded to your website can cause enormous damage, ranging from the opening of a pop-up window to a stolen session or password and even complete system compromise. As part of your data security guidelines you should specify the frequency and manner in which your system scans for this kind of malicious code and also what protections are in place to mitigate the risk.

Ensure that any software platforms or scripts that you use on your websites are upgraded regularly. Hackers are able to exploit security holes in popular web software programs, and the absence of timely updates opens your system up to attack. You should also restrict access to your network or database to the minimum number of users needed to complete their duties.

Create a plan to address potential breaches and assign a staff member to manage the process. Depending on the nature of your business, you might be required to notify consumers, law enforcement, customers and credit bureaus. This is a significant process that should be planned out in advance.

Set up strong password requirements and ensure you have a method to save passwords. For instance, you should require upper and lowercase characters, numerals and special characters. Additionally, you can use salt and slow hash functions. Avoid storing unnecessary information about users, and if you do, lower the risk by encrypting the data or deleting it after a period of time.

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