Guest Post June 4, 2021

Persistent Myths About Website Security You Should Stop Believing

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Companies or businesses with websites have a significant advantage over competitors who do not have one. Websites allow consumers to interact with brands. They serve as an extension of a business or organization. They also contain relevant information about a company.
However, websites are susceptible to online threats, which means all sensitive company data and files are in danger of being stolen. If you think that your developer already installed security software during website development and your site is safe, you have a lot to learn about website security.

As there are too many myths and misconceptions about website security – and cybercrime in general, the first thing you have to do is understand them.

What follows is a list of the most persistent website and cybersecurity myths you should avoid if you want to keep your site or pages safe:

I’M NOT RICH OR IMPORTANT, SO I AM SAFE FROM CYBERCRIMINALS.

If you think that the internet is too vast for cybercriminals to care about you, you are wrong. However, cybercriminals do not work that way. They take every opportunity that goes their way, so it doesn’t matter if you are rich and famous or not. Also, they now have automated tools, so it is easy for them to steal your personal, sensitive information and exploit such for their needs.

MY BUSINESS IS SMALL AND NEW. HACKERS AND CYBERCRIMINALS WON’T MIND ME.

Hackers target all sizes and types of businesses. In fact, in 2018, a report from the Verizon Data Breach Investigations, more than half of cybercriminal victims were small businesses.

Most small businesses have basic data protection tools or standard security teams, making them easy prey for cybercriminals. They know that most small businesses are always targets because these companies are typically unprotected.

I HAVE AN ANTI-VIRUS AND ANTI-MALWARE SOFTWARE AND A FIREWALL. I AM SAFE.

Anti-viruses don't provide a 100% website security guarantee

While it is true that installing anti-virus and anti-malware software and putting up a firewall will protect you and your business from hackers, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Basic data protection software provides protection, but it’s not comprehensive and complete. You need a stronger solution – one that covers everything, from the minor security details to the more complex ones, such as detecting threats.

WEB SECURITY IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY. THE I.T. DEPARTMENT TAKES CARE OF THAT.

Yes, the I.T. Department is responsible for keeping your I.T. system protected and safe. However, you and your employees also need to do your part. For example, you and your employees have control over your emails. Since hackers target emails most of the time, you should develop workshops, seminars, or training sessions on how to spot malware and other cybercrimes.

I’M SAFE BECAUSE I HAVE LONG, UNIQUE, AND STRONG PASSWORDS.

Unique and strong passwords are essential, but this is just one of the things you usually do when you set up an email, especially for your website. It is not a guarantee that your email or website is safe. For starters, you also need two-factor authentication, especially since hackers now use highly advanced programs and applications for breaking into passwords.

If your company email is compromised by hackers, your website will be, too.

I OPEN ONLY EMAILS SENT BY BUSINESS PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS.

It’s easy to understand why you would think that opening emails from people you know, especially business partners, is safe. It’s also highly likely for you to believe that opening messages and links from trusted sources won’t do your company any harm. However, cybercriminals are almost always a step ahead, and the malware they create is not easily detected or seen. So, your friends’ and business contacts’ accounts or websites may already be compromised without them knowing.

WEBSITE ATTACKS ARE EXTERNAL THREATS

Website attacks myth

While external threats should be your primary concern, it is not right to say all cyber dangers come from outside of your company or organization. Your website can also face insider or internal threats. For example, if one or two of your employees are not careful or become negligent, the risk of getting a virus or malware-infected is high. If these employees share their work data (i.e., email information) with people outside the company, they will bring in threats.

This is one of the reasons why you should regularly hold seminars, workshops, and refresher activities on cybersecurity safety practices. Everyone in the company needs to be constantly reminded about how powerful hackers can be.

OUR DATA AND FILES ARE IN THE CLOUD. THEY ARE SAFE.

Most companies and organizations have switched to cloud computing for their data management needs. If you’re one of these businesses, you have been benefiting from its automated system, seamless nature, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility. Cloud-based platforms also offer security, one that’s way better than non-cloud infrastructures. However, cloud architecture also has several security issues. One example would be data breaches because of cloud services misconfiguration.

Although there are tools and providers focused on providing cloud security, it is still not safe to assume that your cloud-based data and website are safe from cyber intruders.

INSTALLING SECURITY SOFTWARE WILL SLOW DOWN OUR SYSTEM.

If these were the early years of anti-virus software, this statement would be true. Over the years, though, security software has significantly improved and advanced. Aside from becoming more powerful and efficient, they are also lighter and do not consume much space and energy. They’re so light you’ll even forget you have one installed in your system.

Additionally, security software continues to develop, so every year, its functionalities and efficiency are optimized.

The website security myths mentioned above are more than just misconceptions; they are threats that can compromise your system. Help stop misinformation by sharing this list with your employees and work on improving your website security with your IT specialist.

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