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Top 4 Website Security Myths Revealed

How to avoid risks in your website security

Website security is a hot topic these days, what with all of the headlines about hackers and personal information being compromised. As a result, there are certain website security myths that you should be aware of in order to keep things in perspective and keep your site secure. Before designing and launching a site, it's important to know the risks and know how to avoid them. Continue reading to learn more.

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Web Developers Will Secure Your Website

Unless you explicitly ask them to, and pay them to, web developers and website designers won't be in charge of securing your website. If you want them to take this extra step, put it in your contract with them before you allow them to begin the project. In this way, they can use secure coding practices and include security throughout the entire website development process, as well as beyond.

Work with a team of experts who know how to avoid other risks to your site's security, such as system configuration differences, forgotten files, and even the hosting environment. Click here to read about one hosting company that can work to maintain your secure site.

A Firewall is Enough

Although a firewall can control traffic to a web server, it can't filter out web requests. So even though firewalls can help to protect your site from vulnerabilities that are currently known, as well as unusual traffic to your site, it doesn't really provide adequate protections against a variety of potential problems that include custom code vulnerabilities and business logic vulnerabilities.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Will Keep Your Site Secure

Any areas of your site where there's data that will be transmitted between the server and a user should be encrypted with a secure layer socket, which is also referred to as SSL or Transport Layer Security (TLS). This certificate on your server will mean that the transmitted data is encrypted, not that your site, your data, your server, or your users are actually secure. So, again, this is one small part of a larger scheme that should be implemented to secure your site completely and rest assured that it is safe for you, your visitors, and your server.

A Backup Will Keep Your Site Secure

Backing up your website is definitely necessary, but it shouldn't be considered a step you take to secure your site. When you create a backup of your site, it's not for protective purposes. It is a means by which you can re-launch your site if it ever has to be taken down or is compromised, but it won't actually protect you from hackers. Plus, if any data has already maliciously been altered, it will be on your backup too.

Once you understand what you really need to do to keep your site as secure as possible, you can rest easy. Just be aware that even security measures, just like website design elements, are always changing, so stay on top of the latest news to keep your site as secure as possible.

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