Protect Your Website Users With Better Site Security and Password Guidelines

Recently LinkedIN had a security breach on their site and many of their account holders had their information stolen.  Sure LinkedIn is a large website with millions of users but that doesn’t mean hackers won’t also try to access your customer’s information or break into your site, no matter what size it is.

A site getting hacked and information from a database being stolen is one thing but protecting your personal information and advising your customers and clients how to protect theirs in another.

Make sure that when your website users are signing up for accounts or submitting private info they are either using a safe password or the site is verified secured by Webguard or another trusted website security company. Have your website security badge or seal visible or have an option for them to contact you for your web security information.

Advise your users to use secure passwords. Hackers have developed and are using sophisticated tools to get access to private accounts including password tools that can easily run through a wide variety of the most frequently used passwords and variations of them. The five most common passwords are: password, 123456, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Sure it doesn’t seem like common sense but these passwords are actually used frequently. Here are a couple guidelines for creating a password:

  • A safe password should contain random characters that aren’t in a row on a keyboard, alphabetically, or numerically.
  • Every site you use should have a unique password so if one site is compromised and your information is stolen it won’t affect other sites. A good example would be for banking.
  • The more characters used the better. Make sure that they include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters like a ! the better. This will make it much more difficult to crack.
  • Never write down or save passwords in email or anywhere that someone might see them.

Are your customers/visitors following these suggestions? Do you have password guidelines listed on your website? For more information about secure websites, passwords, and protecting your customers/users take a look at our site