During this internet age, everybody, no matter where one lives, is connected – and sometimes this isn’t exactly a good thing. Ever heard horror stories of people giving private information over the internet, leading to disastrous results? That’s why it really pays to make sure that the websites you are browsing through, particularly shopping sites where you’d need to give data such as your credit card info, are secure. At the other end, if you own a business and are conducting it over the internet, it also pays to make your website as secure as possible. So if you’re looking for ways to create a secure website, read on:
- Know what a secure website looks like. Typically, a website has a URL or address that begins with an http://. A secure website, on the other hand, will begin with an https://. Also, look out for a padlock icon displayed on the window of the browser, or on the lower-right corner of the screen. Click on this lock icon to see the security details of the website. With these signs, you will know that a website is secure and you can be quite assured that the information you provide there will remain private. You can generally find these signs at banking websites; trusted banking institutions spend millions to make sure that their websites are secure.
- Create your website as usual. Look for tutorials that will help you create your website. You’ll find the different programming languages that you could use, such as PHP and HTML. You can find instructions on such websites as smplanet.com.
- Get SSL certificates. SSL or Secure Socket Layer provides protection and security over your website, and it does this by scrambling data. There are many professional websites that offer to give websites SSL certification. Some of these websites include ssl.com, geotrust.com, godaddy.com, digicert.com and verisign.com. Godaddy and Verisign are established and well-trusted SSL providers; Digicert is a little more expensive but they reputedly provide very good customer service. Compare the rates available for each SSL provider, as well as the extent and level of security they offer. These SSL providers generally also offer different packages depending on the type of business that you have. Take advantage of the free trial versions that they offer, so you could check if the service they provide is truly what your website needs.
- Use a separate website payment system. One of the most trusted payment processing systems used now is PayPal, which is a highly-secured website in itself. Another good thing is that Paypal offers to take online customers for free, so you could use Paypal to conduct the financial transactions between you and your customer. Check it out at paypal.com.
- Include a traditional contact option for your clients. There are still a lot of internet users out there who would never give out their personal info over the web, no matter how secure your website is. Accommodate for this by providing a way for them to contact you, such as through phone or email.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways to create a secure website. Remember, nowadays too much security is just much better than no security at all! Good luck!