Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

Data privacy is one of the areas where the old saying “prevention is better than cure” is definitely true. A small amount of harmful code that is uploaded to your website can cause massive damage, ranging from a pop-up window opening to a stolen session or password and complete system compromise. You should mention in your data security policies the frequency and duration you check your system for malicious code, and what security measures you have in place to reduce the risk.

Update any software or scripts that you utilize on your website regularly. Hackers are targeting security flaws in the popular web software and a lack of timely updates makes your system vulnerable. Additionally, you should restrict access to networks or databases to the minimum number of individuals necessary to perform their jobs.

Create a plan to deal with potential breaches. Then, designate a staff member to oversee the process. Based on the business you run it is possible to inform customers, law enforcement and credit bureaus. This is a serious matter which should be planned in advance.

Implement strong password requirements on consumer accounts. Ensure that you have a reliable method for storing passwords, such as requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, letters and special characters, or using salt and slow hash functions. Avoid storing confidential data about users and, when you must reduce the risk of storing it, consider encryption or deleting the information after a certain period.