Websites epitomize companies, organizations and individuals to netizens, they learn and make decisions immediately after visiting the site. A questionable website scares away a client this is due to cybercrime, with an estimate of over 4.3 billion internet users across the world not all are friendly a high percentage is comprised of cyber criminals from hackers to con persons. Websites require a lot of personal information such as email address, phone number, credit card details and so much more in order to get more information or a service.
The moment a potential client or sponsor doubts the safeness of your website they wouldn’t risk it so the pull out and seek a company with a secure website, this leads to loss and a tinted image. Web security will keep clients at ease while feeding personal information to your site since they know they are safe from any sort of hacks or cons.
These are some of the best ways to ensure your website is safe in order to maintain and earn new trust from your audience/ clients;
1. Beware of SQL Injection.
By employing injections, a hacker can trick your web application into executing unintended commands or accessing unauthorized data. A successful injection can result in a hacker gaining access to and changing, corrupting or deleting your data, denial of access, or even sometimes lead to complete host takeover.
The reason injections are considered the top risk is because once identified, they are very easily exploitable by a hacker.
2. Safe guard against Cross Site Scripting (XSS).
“XSS flaws occur whenever an application takes untrusted data and sends it to a web browser without proper validation and escaping.” Cross site scripting can allow hackers to execute scripts in the victim’s browser which can then allow them to hijack user sessions, deface your web site, or redirect your user to another (malicious) web site
3. Watch out for Broken Authentication and Session Management.
Authentication and session management functions are not implemented correctly, which allows a hacker to compromise passwords, keys, session tokens, or exploit other website implementation flaws to assume a real website user’s identity. Where present, authentication and session management flaws may put all accounts at risk of an attack. Once successful, the hacker can do anything the victim has authorization to do view or do.
4. Beware of Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF).
“A CSRF attack forces a logged-on victim’s browser to send a forged HTTP request, including the victim’s session cookie and any other automatically included authentication information, to a vulnerable web application.” This allows the hacker to force the victim’s browser to generate requests your website application believes are legitimate requests from the victim.
5. Avoid Insecure Cryptographic Storage.
The website does not properly protect sensitive data, such as credit cards, SSNs, and authentication credentials, with appropriate encryption or hashing. Attackers may steal or modify such weakly protected data to conduct identity theft, credit card fraud, or other crimes.”
6. Restrict URL Access
This is another often insidious website security risk that goes unnoticed. Your website should check URL access rights before rendering protected links and buttons. However, it doesn’t do these access control checks each time these pages are accessed. Therefore, attackers will be able to forge URLs to access these hidden pages anyway.
7. Avoid Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks.
The website is open to be flooded with more traffic than it was built to handle, which will overload the website’s server and it’ll be impossible for the website to serve up its content to visitors who are trying to access it.
Suffering a hack is devastating for both the company and individual hacked, it causes a lot of tension from trust issues to law suits and much more. It’s better to be safe than sorry plus prevention is better than cure. Kenoobi Consulting offers Web security services and they are top notch and effective, as we like to say ‘A safe website creates a happy and loyal client which leads to a profitable company.’