|The Small Business Library|
April 27, 2000
Are You Protecting Your Clients ?
If you're managing a web site, it's a good idea to know what risks are involved and how to minimize them. A breach of security provides the criminal with an ability to gain access into your system.
Why should you safeguard your data?
An Easy Target
As a rule, a criminal generally prefers an easy target, and computer criminals are no exception. Believe it or not, hackers actually patrol the Internet looking for systems they can breach. For some, they make it their mission in life.
For example, you can:
Depending on your needs, it is possible to password protect one or more directories on your web site. Visitors would then need the chosen password in order to access the content of your web pages. If you have access to your own cgi-bin, you can install Perl scripts. If you don't have access to your own CGI-BIN directory, you may want to consider using Java.
By placing a default home page, (index.htm or index.html) inside each of your web site directories, you are using a simple technique to prevent directory listings from showing in a browser window. This works well for an image directory or an area that holds any client information. By adding some Meta Tag redirection code to your default HTML pages, you can steer would-be-hackers away from important information and lead them to a new destination.
If you take online orders, make certain your Host provider offers key cryptography techniques for Internet security through the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocol. If orders are sent to you by e-mail, find out what type of encryption method is used for passing this vital information to your e-mail box.
I feel silly telling you this but, by keeping your valuable information to yourself, you are protecting yourself in the most basic sense. Never share your passwords or login information with friends or associates. This information in the wrong hands can lead to your downfall in a matter of minutes.
Make no mistake... you ARE vulnerable online.
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