Security is a big issue for individual and business web users alike. With malicious attackers looking to steal personal information from both markets for their own financial gain, it is important for you as a website owner to take precautions not only to protect yourself, but your visitors alike. We have highlighted some of the main security concerns that are very present today and some of the actions that you can take to reduce the risk.
One way in which malicious attackers may try to target your visitors is to intercept traffic from your website. Where information is being passed between your website and visitors in plain text, this can be intercepted by attackers who may eavesdrop on connections; in many cases this will be harmless since the content being viewed is publicly available anyhow, but where personal information is being passed and online transactions are taking place, an unencrypted connection can provide a wealth of valuable data to these attackers. The main way to counteract this issue is with an SSL certificate.
An SSL certificate will encrypt the connection that visitors have to your website, so in the event that an attacker does attempt to eavesdrop, the only data they will be able to pull out is garbled text which will be of no value or use to them whatsoever. As of 2014, Google has started to favour website that utilise a 2048 bit SSL certificate as part of its algorithm, so investing in this additional security measure could also deliver a boost to your SEO efforts.
Protecting your email systems and email accounts has never been more crucial since this is now one of the primary ways in which malicious attackers look to target individuals and businesses. Once the attackers have identified their target, they will look to fire off emails to any accounts linked to that individual; these emails will be laced with a virus that will infect the recipient’s computer when they open the email. By protecting your email accounts, you will be able to weed out these virus-laden emails and neutralise the threat before it has even hit your inbox. SpamExperts is one service that can do this for you. By scanning your incoming emails against a smart central cluster, spam emails can be identified with an accuracy rate of 99.98%, meaning that SpamExperts can help to keep your inbox virtually spam free.
Protecting personal information
Identity fraud is another security issue that is at an all time high. With just a small amount of personal information, fraudsters are able to build up a complete profile of their victim with the help of the Internet. When you register a domain, your contact details are entered into a publicly accessible database known as the WHOIS database; it is understandable that you might not want to have these details listed, in which case WHOIS privacy can be implemented to make sure that your contact details remain hidden. Our Domain ID protection product will replace your details with anonymous proxy details that will allow you to be contacted by anyone regarding your domain via email, but the details displayed will change on a regular basis, so there is no opportunity for identity thieves to steal your personal data or to grab your email address for spamming purposes.
If your website does end up being compromised, then you could be unwittingly distributing malware and other malicious programs to your visitors. If this was to happen and you’re unaware of what is going on then the first thing you’ll hear of it is when your web hosting provider receives an abuse complaint. Your website could also be vulnerable and you may not even be aware of it as in some cases potential exploits are invisible to the untrained eye. Website scanning is one way in which this can be counteracted. MTvScan is our new, cutting edge tool that will scan your website for malware, vulnerabilities, XSS attacks and much more; where issues are discovered, recommendations on how to fix these will be provided so that you can get your site protected in no time.
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