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In today’s world, there is growing uncertainty about the continued safety and security of our digital information — hackers are becoming more tech-savvy and bolder with their digital attacks, and that can mean pandemonium for big companies with vulnerable or important information. How do you keep your law firm’s website secure from these hackers? Well, it’s important to know who offers the best protection and how to get it.

  1. SQL Injection Attacks occur when a hacker gains access to your website through simply changing the URL code. Changing the parameters yourself can prevent them from easily figuring out a way in. If you have a website designer, ask how to protect your website from this brand of incursion.
  2. Security Socket Layers (SSL) allow you to communicate more securely over your own network. If you have customers or clients who use your website to send or receive sensitive information (like names, birthdays, dates, social security numbers, etc.) then you’ll want to make sure you have SSL protection via HTTPS. Google also tends to like these websites more than those that lack such protections, because the owners of these websites are obviously taking their content more seriously.
  3. Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) occurs when a hacker ignores the server to go after the person trying to use it. Often hackers will first find a way to add malicious code to web applications to gather cookie data from users. They can jeopardize search engines, comments, or forums.
  4. File Uploads. Never open an email attachment or uploaded file even if it looks innocuous. You never know what could be lurking inside without scanning it. If your service requires file attachments or uploads, then ensure a safe transfer by using SFTP or SSH. Cloud service hosts often provide permission options based on the type of file or where it’s coming from.
  5. Scan Routinely. Many products and services allow website designers or hosts to offer vulnerability scanning. Where is your website weakest? These scanners will let you know how vulnerable you are to XSS attacks or SQL injection. Most reputable scanners will also provide information on lesser known attack methods and rate your website’s risk.

Part of what determines the security needs of your website is the number of applications it’s running and the amount of data used on a daily basis. How many customers do you have? How often do they visit the site or interact with it? Do you receive dozens of emails or do you receive millions? These questions need to be answered before you can make your website as secure as it needs to be. The best person to ask is the person building your website.