Website security audits have a number of benefits, especially for small business owners. These audits allow small business owners to see just how well their online systems are protecting them.
A small business owner, like the majority of Internet users, is interested in privacy. That’s why they get their online activity from different sources. A list of those sources and the activities performed on each, known as a “cookie,” is an excellent way to monitor who the site visitor is and what pages are being accessed.
We are not suggesting that anyone’s users are completely deceitful. In fact, most small business owners are perfectly honest about their identity. However, many internet sites do allow users to obtain cookies without the user’s knowledge.
Because a site owner can monitor who is visiting the site, it would be easy for the site owner to correlate cookie information with user name and password. In fact, a bad site owner might even be able to use this information to target advertising.
However, cookie information can also be extremely beneficial. If the website owner can discover that a particular cookie is on the page before a user signs up for a subscription, it would be easy to prevent a potential customer from accessing the site unless he or she had a subscription. This would obviously be a hassle for the customer and quite expensive for the site owner.
A good website security audit provides every site owner with all the necessary tools to prevent such misuse. Every site, regardless of size, should have access to a scan to find out if any cookies are being tampered with. It is important that every site should have access to such a system.
Besides checking for cookie tampering, a good security audit is likely to include a host of other types of checks. Those who regularly log into the site should be regularly scanned to make sure that no unknown parties have gained access to the site’s data.
In addition, most site owners should have a firewall and network security protection to prevent hackers from gaining access to sensitive data. This includes FTP or online file sharing services, email accounts, chat rooms, or the files stored on a website.
While the typical small business owners worry about spam, they need to realize that hackers rarely use this technique to gain access to a website. Most hackers prefer to break into databases containing passwords and user names, and then gain access to other parts of the site.
These hackers typically use a variety of methods to penetrate a website security and gain access to private information. This includes creating a script that exploits a weakness in the website code.
A good website security audit will often show a security checker a range of different pages that should be reviewed to identify any issues that may need to be addressed. These can include pages that are linked to from social networking pages and the content that are associated with these pages.
The website security audit will also allow a small business owner to set up various security levels and control what pages he or she wants a website security checker to see. This will help every small business owner determine which of the various checks needed to be performed, and enable him or her to make changes or monitor his or her site for security issues.