Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

The old adage “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies to data privacy. A small piece of harmful code that is uploaded to your website can cause immense damage, ranging from an open-ended pop-up to stolen sessions or passwords and even complete system compromise. You should mention in your data security policy the frequency and duration you check your system for malicious code, and what security measures are in place to limit the risk.

Be sure that the software platforms or scripts that you use on your websites are upgraded regularly. Hackers actively target security vulnerabilities in popular web software programs and a lack of timely updates exposes your system to attack. It is also recommended to restrict access to networks or databases to the minimum amount of users required to do their work.

Create a response plan to address any potential breaches and designate an employee to oversee this procedure. Depending on your business it is possible to inform law enforcement, customers and credit bureaus. This is an important process that should be planned out in advance.

Set up strong password requirements for consumer accounts. Make sure you have a good method to store passwords, for example, requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, letters, and special characters as well as using salt and slow hash functions. Avoid storing sensitive information about users. And when you need to reduce the risk of storing it, consider encryption or deletion of the information after a specified time.