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Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

By October 3, 2023No Comments

The old saying “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies to data privacy. A single piece of malicious code that you upload to your site could cause a huge amount of damage. From an ad-hoc pop-up to a system breach, or even the theft of a password or session. As part of your data security policy you should specify the frequency and manner in which your system scans for this type of malicious code, and what protections are in place to mitigate the risk.

Update any software or scripts that you utilize on your website regularly. Hackers are targeting security vulnerabilities in the most popular web applications, and a deficiency in timely updates can make your system vulnerable. Additionally, you should restrict access to your network or database to the smallest amount of people required to perform their tasks.

Create a plan to deal with potential breaches. Then, designate a staff member to manage the process. Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to notify the law enforcement, consumers, customers and credit bureaus. This is a serious issue that must be planned in advance.

Set up strong password requirements for consumer accounts. Also, make sure you have a reliable method of storing passwords like requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, letters and special characters, or using salt and hash functions that are slow. Avoid storing sensitive information about users, and if you do, lower the risk by encryption the data or the deletion of it after a set period of time.