Data Security


Fasthosts, the web hosting specialists, share their top five suggestions for keeping clients safe online, as a projection forecasts an 18% increase in e-commerce fraud.

As an online provider of products and services, your main concern should be the safety of your shoppers. If a consumer’s information is not safe, then it may be used to commit fraud and identity theft. In that case, your company’s reputation might be at risk.

1. Prioritize Passwords with a High Level of Security

A hacker will decode a weak password in many cases, regardless of how effective your on-site security measures are. Encourage users to use an intricate combination that contains capital case, number, lowercase, and special characters to get around this.

2. Keep up with the Main Security Updates

Third-party applications may help create a more absorptive and appealing online experience, but they’re also a refuge for hackers who are always looking for flaws. App developers release security upgrades on a regular basis, but it’s frequently up to e-commerce business owners to implement them.

3. Stop Hoarding Personal Information

Deleting outdated data regularly is the easiest approach to increase your site’s cyber protection. This entails developing a system for deleting clients’ personal and financial information as soon as possible after a transaction is completed. By deleting data when it’s no longer needed, you’re reducing the risk of a data breach right away.

4. Take it a Step Further and Encrypt your Info

Encrypting your site ensures that, even if it is hacked, the information stolen, frequently, becomes worthless. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a 256-bit encryption technique that safeguards you and your clients’ information. If a site is SSL certificated, you’ll see a padlock in the address bar and the URL will start with ‘https://’ instead of  ‘http://’.

5. Ensure PCI Compliance is Mandatory

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, or PCI DSS, are a set of data security standards that organizations should follow to keep passwords and payment information safe. Following these guidelines goes a long way toward guaranteeing consumer security. PCI compliance is required of all firms that process even one credit card transaction.

A Trustworthy Server will Help you Safeguard your Customer’s Information

Safe servers are the key to keeping your customer’s data away from hackers. Serverpronto offers you several security solutions for your company’s and shopper’s information, like the following ones: McAfee Server Security, Idera (R1Soft), Managed Backup Solutions, Cisco, and SonicWall Firewall Options, among others.

If you want to make sure your data is protected, don’t hesitate on contacting ServerPronto. They are ready to listen to your security needs and to provide your company with reliable and affordable hosting solutions.

Microsoft fixes a vulnerability detected in Windows Defender that has been present for 12 years
A security flaw was recently discovered in the Windows Defender antivirus, pre-installed by default in the Windows operating system that has gone unnoticed for 12 years. Last week the company announced a security patch to correct the bug.

According to the security company that discovered the flaw, SentinelOne, the security vulnerability allowed potential attackers to access Windows system security privileges, which are reserved exclusively for administrators. The vulnerability was found in Microsoft Defender, the antivirus pre-installed on Windows computers, and this means that the flaw was present in more than one billion devices worldwide.

As far as we have been able to learn, since 2009 this software had a driver known as BTR.sys, responsible for deleting the system file and other resources created by the malicious software on infected computers. The driver did not check in one of its processes whether the deleted and created files had been changed to a link, allowing an attacker to overwrite files on the device, an action exclusively reserved for the system administrator.

At the moment there is no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited by cyber attackers and it may not have been detected in the 12 years that it has been present in the system.

It was just last Tuesday when the Redmond company released an update that put an end to the problem. It was dubbed CVE-2021-24092. The patch was automatically distributed to all Windows 10 users. However, devices with earlier versions such as Windows 7 remain vulnerable to potential attacks after the end of the company’s security support.

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In today’s technologically advanced world, cloud computing is becoming popular not only among individuals but in the business world as well. Cloud technology is changing the face of the business world, making it more relaxed and more comfortable to not only have data backed up on a secure server but also allow businesses to access their information from almost anywhere at any time. Gone are the days of just being able to access data in-house, even if it is sensitive data. With cloud technology, data can now be obtained on mobile devices, tablets, and also from home. Backing up data to the cloud is indeed changing the way businesses operate today.  

When it comes to cloud technology, the question many seem to have is in regards to how they want their data backed up. With cloud computing, businesses now have the option to have their data managed by outside companies versus having unmanaged data handled in-house. There are benefits and disadvantages to both methods.

Cloud and information technology performance capabilities continue to expand, and security for this technology must grow alongside. Hackers, phishers, and identity thieves all pose major risks, but one of the largest growing threats in the eyes of IT professionals is the recent information about National Security Agency data collection and monitoring. The industry is scrambling to ensure security in a heightened time of paranoia. That’s why data security in the cloud is so important.