Data Safety Instructions For Website Owners

Data privacy is one of the areas where the old adage “prevention is better than cure” is definitely true. A tiny bit of harmful code that you upload to your site can cause huge damage. From pop-ups to a complete system breach, or even the theft of a password or session. You should include in your data security guidelines how often and by whom you look over your system for malicious code, and what security measures you have in place to minimize the risk.

Be sure that the software platforms or scripts used on your websites are upgraded regularly. Hackers are constantly looking for security flaws in popular web software and the absence of timely updates opens your system up to attack. It is also recommended to limit database or network accessibility to only the minimum number of people required to perform their job.

Develop a plan of action to address any possible breaches. You should assign a member of staff to oversee the process. Based on the business you run you may have to notify customers, law enforcement and credit bureaus. This is an important process that should be planned well in advance.

Implement strong password requirements for consumer accounts. Make sure you have a good method to store passwords, such as requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, letters, and special characters or using salt or hash functions that are slow. Avoid storing unnecessary user data, and when you do, reduce the risk by either encrypting the data or the deletion of it after a set period of time.