You probably read the stories: hackers infringe on websites, stealing identities from the company and the customers. It’s scary, but it’s a reality. Hackers are outsmarting the system, breaking into websites of all types.
Hackers may have other motives when breaching your website. They could find your email and send spam. Or, they can use your server to create multiple servers.
These websites could host content of illegal nature.
Website security is vital, especially if you host a dispensary website. Your priority is keeping patient information confidential. This includes their diagnosis and symptoms as well as their bank account and credit card information.
Read this guide and know how to make your dispensary website a secure site.
Always Update Software
One of the easiest ways to achieve a secure site is updating your software. Depending on your server, some hosting companies handle this for you.
But if your settings are manually set, update your website when new technology comes out.
Your server or hosting company usually sends you a notification, either through email or on the server itself. You can also download third-party tools which will notify you of any vulnerabilities.
When you update software, these updates protect your server as well as your CMS platform and any forums you host.
The updated software puts more blockers between your website and hackers. When hackers break into a server, they can break into any website code. When servers host updates, they insert extra security so hackers can’t break through.
When you don’t update your software, holes can exist. Hackers will use these holes to break into your server.
Hackers can use SQL injections to manipulate your database.
Hackers attack using a web form field or URL parameter. Hackers can easily break into your site using standard Transact SQL. Hackers insert a rogue code into your query which changes tables, steals information, and deletes data.
This protection is vital, especially when patients are ordering cannabis from a website such as Dope Mail.
How do you prevent these attacks? Start using parameterized queries. Fortunately, most web servers offer this language and it’s easy to implement.
This is why protection must be implemented in user content as well as your server as a whole.
You do this through HTML. Install programs and tools that automatically notice a change in HTML, so it rewrites the code the attack is trying to break.
Be Wary of Error Messages
When you receive an error message, what do you do? Do you follow the prompt or do you shut down your computer? Always be wary of error messages. Especially if the message asks for your information.
These messages look legitimate; they also employ a scare tactic, making you think something is wrong with your website. There’s nothing wrong with your website — you just have a hacker attempting to steal your information.
If this occurs, log out of your server. Call the hosting company. They will look into your HTML and will rid your website of the hacker and the message.
After the hacker and message are gone, log into your server and visit your website page. This should be done to make sure the hacker didn’t change any content.
If there truly is a website issue, your hosting company or website manager will notify you.
If an error message is displayed, look for a website logo. If the server or hosting company displays this error message, they will prove their identity. Since they already have your information, they won’t ask for additional information.
To be certain you have a secure site, inform additional users of this course of action.
Server Side and Form Validation
Always enact validation, and your browser and server. Even if your server is protected, your browser can catch simple errors. These errors make your browser more vulnerable.
Since your website is protected on your server side, you may not be able to catch any browser errors.
When you enact validation, it can detect malicious script code.
Use Complex Passwords
Back in the old days of the internet, you could get away with a simple password. Now, most websites require your password to be a certain character count, a mix of capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
There’s a reason why websites enforce this. Your server becomes vulnerable when you use a simple password.
Most servers have a bare minimum with password creation. Most website owners create passwords only using the bare minimum requirements. To successfully ward off hackers, try and create a complex password.
Urge your users to also create strong passwords. Don’ t share your password with your users and don’t let them share their password.
For extra security, most server platforms offer secure site password protection. But see if there’s a way you can install extra modules for more protection.
Make Sure Your Dispensary Website is a Secure Site
Every website can be a victim of hacking, including your dispensary website. The best way to ensure protection is using best security practices on your server and your browser.
The minute you catch any suspicious activity, contact your server company.
Hackers can force their way into your HTML or holes in your server, but they can also use sneaky prompts to steal your information. Always be a step ahead of hackers and know when they’re attacking.
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