Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

Data privacy is a case where the old saying «prevention is better than cure», certainly applies. A small amount of harmful code that is uploaded to your website can cause massive damage, from an opening of a pop-up, to a password or session being stolen and complete system compromise. As part of your data security guidelines you should specify how frequently and by whom your system scans for this kind of malicious code. Also, you should determine what safeguards are in place mitigate the risk.

Update all software or scripts which you use on your website regularly. Hackers are targeting security flaws in the popular web software and a lack timely updates leaves your system vulnerable. In addition, you must restrict access to databases or networks to the minimum number of people required to perform their jobs.

Develop a plan of action to address potential breaches. Then, assign a person from your staff to oversee the process. Based on the nature of your business, you might need to notify consumers, law enforcement agencies, customers and credit bureaus. This is a serious step that should be planned well in advance.

Implement strong password requirements on consumer accounts and make sure you have a good method of storing passwords, such as requiring the use of upper and lowercase letters, numerals and special characters or using salt and hash functions that are slow. Avoid storing sensitive user data, and if you do, reduce the risk by either encrypting the data or eliminating it after a certain amount of time.

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