You may not have noticed, but there are clear markers, specifically security symbols that let you know how safe it is to visit and use a site. The one you want to keep an eye out for is the Padlock icon before the name of the website that you are consulting in your browser. The Info or Dangerous symbols are the ones to avoid entirely. But how are they allocated? Why is a website deemed to be ‘secure’?
More than half of sites are built with a Content Management System. While WordPress is the most popular there are many CMS providers. Hackers are intelligent enough to find loopholes or bugs in any software system. Thus, they regularly try to attack the CMS, its data, and in turn your business.
There are over 2 billion websites on the internet today, 10 times the number compared to a decade earlier. Given that your website itself is built with computer text processing software, the written code of your website designers or that of the automated website builder tools will have vulnerabilities. This third part of our info-series lays bare the breadth of risks.
Now that we have learnt about the fundamentals of a web address, Part 2 of our info-series explores the various checks & processes that authenticate your mail server. Whether or not your administrators have configured these rules of action will determine, for example, if the emails you send end up in the recipients’ junk folders.
We begin our five-part series about website and email security by taking a behind the scenes look from the point when we type words into a browser to ending up landing on a website page.
By showing you the constituent parts of your daily communication tool – your email – as well as your shop window into which your customers and suppliers will be gazing – your website – you will begin to learn about the paths through which cybercriminals ultimately gain access to your data & systems.