Website security not only ensures that other companies don’t steal your secrets; it keeps your customer’s information private, too. To avoid the long reach of hackers, it’s a good idea to review your website’s security measures frequently. Here are the top five tips to remember:

Keep software up to date.

Technology is always changing. Keep up with updates to maintain your site’s security, especially in the server’s operating system and in any software you may be running. If you are using third-party software on your website, make sure you apply all the available patches. Most providers have a mailing list to keep you updated on security issues.

Require commenter validation.

While website users may hesitate to provide information to post comments, it’s an important facet of your site’s security. Commenter validation helps avoid cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, which can inject malicious JavaScript into your pages. After that, the malicious script runs into the browsers of your users. It can even change page content by stealing login cookies.

Make sure error keys are generic.

Show users only essential information. Don’t provide API keys or database passwords; you’d be surprised at how often this happens on error pages! Keep detailed errors in your server logs.

Require complex passwords.

Complicated passwords are now a fact of life for web users. Passwords should be stored as encrypted values with hashing algorithms, so that whenever your site is validating users it is only using encrypted values. If your site doesn’t do it already, you should require users to create a password that incorporates a minimum of 8 characters with both upper and lower cases letters, at least 1 number, and a symbol.

Use HTTPS protocol for premium Internet security for your website.

In a prior blog, we outlined the reasons for using secure socket layers (SSL) in HTTPS protocol for website security. It encrypts the data, scrambling it so that it can only be read with a secret key. This provides security for credit card information and logins. As an added bonus for website owners, Google is now boosting HTTPS-encrypted sites in their search engines. This provides an SEO benefit for websites, too.

If you’d like more help on your current website, including security, ask Zoom Design for help. We can help you determine the best level of security for your site, and keep it safe from hackers. Visit our site here for more information on our complete design and marketing assistance.