In Light of Healthcare.gov Security Issues, Bop Design Discusses Website Security for Small Businesses

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This week, “white hat” hacker and cybersecurity expert David Kennedy joined an expert panel hosted by the House Science Committee to hack into the already plagued Healthcare.gov. With Healthcare.gov in mind, Bop Design applies these security lessons to small business websites.

I can’t stress enough the importance of a strong password required to enter the backend of a website.

This week, “white hat” hacker and cybersecurity expert David Kennedy joined an expert panel hosted by the House Science Committee to hack into the already plagued Healthcare.gov website. The reason? Show any weak privacy safeguards in place.

The result was scary.

A small business can hire a website design agency that ranks best in terms of design, audience appeal, brand, and lead generation. However, for many financial and eCommerce businesses, the highest priority is building a secure backend. Kara Jensen, creative principal at Orange County web design firm, Bop Design, states, "A critical job for a design agency is installing safe plugins that ensure financial data isn’t easily retrieved and shared. Even simple name, business, and email collection requires some level of security."

The following are some valuable security tools for any firm handling sensitive data:

  •     CAPTCHA – Helpful for avoiding spam bots, CAPTCHA is the acronym for the collection of letters and numbers, typically morphed, which requires visitors to type in the characters.
  •     SSL certificates – SSL (or Secure Socket Layer) checks the transmission of data over a network and verifies the identity of the server, therefor telling visitors your site is secure to do business.
  •     Malware detection – These programs (popular ones include Sucuri or Google Webmaster Tools) will uncover dangerous software hiding on websites that damages or disables individual’s computers.
  •     Strong passwords – Jensen adds, "I can’t stress enough the importance of a strong password required to enter the backend of a website. That means no play on name, email, and definitely no 'password1234'."

Bop Design is a San Diego web design agency with offices also in Orange County and San Diego, CA. Specializing in B2B marketing, Bop Design creates holistic marketing plans geared toward lead generation and business development. Bop Design offers services in branding, logo design, website design and development, responsive web design, SEO, PPC, social media, and content marketing. http://www.bopdesign.com

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