The Loan Consultants’ Tips For Securing Online Content
As the world embraces cloud computing, more and more people are transacting business, conducting research, storing information, collaborating with co-workers, publishing personal thoughts, and fostering relationships via web applications.
Having this in mind, data is also becoming the object of desire for attackers, particularly data that converts their efforts into cash. The most lucrative source of this data is a business database containing information that can be sold or used directly by an attacker for profit. Business databases are like gold mines with bankable opportunities all in one location.
Some of these include:
✓ Strategic business plans.
✓ Product plans and other intellectual property.
✓ Competitive analysis.
✓ Employee rosters and their personal information.
✓ Confidential data from business partners.
✓ Confidential customer data.
At times, having an I.T. Department does not aid web-security by itself. Web application vulnerabilities are often outside the traditional expertise of network managers, even if their main job is network security. The built-in obscurity of web application vulnerabilities helps them evade traditional network defenses unless an organization takes deliberate countermeasures. Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet for this issue, as with web security, the best strategy is a multi-layer approach. Read More
Here Are Just A Few Common Examples:
Stealing Your Customer Information
Input fields can be a hacker’s playground. Any field that asks a visitor to enter information like their name, address, email, login name or password can allow a hacker into your website database, exposing all of your customer’s information! When fields aren’t checked properly, hackers can insert code that exposes everything in your database. This is a favorite exploit for identity theft.
Defacing Your Website
There is no better way to scare off customers than for a hacker to vandalize your website. Hackers can inject malicious code into input fields, so when your visitors submit comments or forms, derogatory messages appear. This makes it clear that your site is not secure!
Infecting Your Customers
Links on your website are also a common access point for hackers. For example, you may include a link on your site for your customers to download product information. If the URL is not properly checked on the server side, hackers can inject malicious code that redirects customers to another site and deploys spyware or malware to their computers.
Web application attacks may also target individuals, one by one. Some attacks are executed by infiltrating a trusted website, which then injects malware into computers used by unsuspecting visitors. The malware might redirect links to rogue sites that steal personal information directly from the user’s PC. It could trick users into revealing confidential passwords or payment card data. It may even hijack the user’s PC and transform it into a spam server or other nefarious mechanism aimed to further the attacker’s goals. Either way, successful attacks on web applications can result in highly negative consequences.
Businesses on the other hand also face their own types of fallouts. When a breach occurs, companies face detection, discovery and containment costs for investigating the incident; recovery and remediation expenses; and attorney and legal fees. But this is just the beginning of some of the issues that might surface if your website is attacked.
Impact On Your Business:
✓ Loss of customer confidence.
✓ Lost sales and revenue.
✓ Lower use of websites due to fear of breaches.
✓ Brand degradation or loss of reputation.
✓ Termination of the ability to accept payment cards.
✓ Fraud losses.
✓ Cost of reissuing new payment cards.
✓ Dispute resolution costs.
✓ Cost of legal settlements or judgments.
TLC Recommends Protection Site Scanners For Your Website
Site Scanner looks for weaknesses on your website that a hacker can’t exploit. It scans forms, login and password fields, internal and external links, places where a hacker could get in to deface your website, steal information or infect your customers with malware. Site Scanner scans for more than 3,000 vulnerabilities every day, including spyware infections. Read More
Keep Your Site From Being “blacklisted” by Google®!
Without a Site Scanner, you might not even know that your website is being used to spread malicious software. If your site is deemed “suspicious” by Google, they will “blacklist” it from their search engine – causing you to lose traffic, customers and sales. Site Scanner works to alert you of vulnerabilities before this can happen, and checks Google Safe Browsing daily to make sure your website isn’t on the “blacklist”.
Automated Scanning Can Provide Many Benefits Including:
✓ Discovering and cataloging all web applications
✓ Lowering the total cost of operations by automating repeatable testing processes.
✓ Identifying vulnerabilities
✓ Performing authenticated scanning.
✓ Profiling the target application.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Another way The Loan Consultants recommends you protect your websites is the use of SSL Certificates. Secure Socket Layer adds another level of security which protects your website and allows customers and potential customers to trust your website with their personal information, by encrypting important information during different online transactions. If you own a website, you may need SSL encryption services if you offer one or more of these things on your website, you have an online store and accept online transactions along with credit cards, you require logging on to your site, or you process sensitive information, such as social security numbers, addresses, or anything personal. SSL technology is expected if you want your customers to be satisfied and be more willing to purchase from your site. These SSLs provide security over different networks when using the internet. Read More
What does it do?
An SSL certificate provides private communication channels for data transmission and encrypts it with a special code. The encryption used for the information being transferred has been compared to that of an envelope being sent through the mail. The envelope protects what’s inside, and prevents the contents inside of the envelope from being seen until it reaches the receiver or where it needs to be.
Maintaining Online Integrity
The Loan Consultants take great pride in the websites that we build for our affiliates and these are simple steps you can take to help protect this valuable asset. If you own a website you should absolutely have a site scanner technologies installed on your web-initiative. Also, if you require important information to be passed back and forth between your site and your viewers, you need to get an SSL Certificate installed on your site as well. Not only for the protection of your customers, but for the reliability and trustworthiness of your website. An SSL certificate is the best way to ensure that confidential information is staying confidential until it reaches where it needs to be, making you and your customer comfortable with the transaction they are making. Remember, the number one thing that a Loan Broker sells is confidence!
The Loan Consultants’ Lifetime I.T. Support
In addition to all the technologies you receive with The Loan Consultants, Inc., you also get lifetime consulting and support for the technological part of your business. We understand your venture is a dynamic and expansive medium, and we are always here to ensure its running smoothly! Read More