Site Security Options

By now we all know that without the proper site security, our online businesses are at a huge risk from hackers, computer viruses, identity theft or worse.  Security for your website comes in all shapes and sizes.

Many people think that website security and computer security is the same thing.  While they are related, they are different.  In order to keep you computer secure, you will want to look for an Internet Security Suite.  This is software that includes three main programs to protect your computer.  Anti-virus programs to scan for viruses on your computer system; anti-spyware programs to monitor your system for behaviors that may be spyware related; and firewalls to prevent malware to from reaching your machine.

Website security goes beyond simply protecting your computer.  You need to be sure that you are protecting your online business website and the customers who visit it.  Site security includes things such as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates, to protect data transfers on your website.  If you run credit card transactions, use personal logins on your site or ask for personal information such as addresses or id numbers, you definitely need a SSL certificate.

Another form of site security is PCI scanning.  This is when an ASV (approved scanning vendor) scans your website for the thousands of vulnerabilities that exist out there in the cyber world.  PCI scanning is a very important part of site security.  Trust seals and privacy policies are another important aspect of site security.  This is how you can prove to your customers that your website is safe.

So when you are thinking about different options for site security, consider the differences between computer security and website security.  Also, consider implementing more than one type of security measure if not all that are listed to be sure you are fully protected.


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