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Website Security: 9 Key Terms and Tech to Protect Your New Site

Written by Michal "Micki" Huizinga on 04.23.19

Creating a new website is an exciting time for a business: a new stage built to generate new customers. During all this excitement, it’s critical to make sure that your new site has the appropriate security in place to prevent hackers, viruses and other intrusions into your digital world.

Working with a professional web security team will ensure that your new website is secure and protected. And even though you may not be directly responsible for website security, it’s critical that you understand some key security terms to grasp the full website experience for your business.

 

There are hundreds of technical terms today, but we want to share some of the most popular tech terms related to website security:

 

 

Firewall

A firewall is a security barrier designed to keep unwanted intruders out of your network or computer system without impacting safe communication between users on the inside of the firewall. Firewalls can be physical devices or software-based, or a combination of the two.

 

Malware

Malware is a malicious program that causes damage. Malware can include viruses, Trojans, worms, time bombs, logic bombs, or anything else intended to damage a website and its supporting structures and programs.

 

Managed Wordpress Hosting

Managed Wordpress Hosting is a concierge service where all technical aspects of running WordPress are managed by the host. This includes security, speed, WordPress updates, daily backups, website uptime, and scalability.

 

Spam

Spam is also known as junk mail, spam is unsolicited email. Those who send spam gather lists of email addresses and bombard users with unwanted mail. Often, the emails sent are only advertising for a product or a service, but sometimes they can be used for phishing and/or directing you to websites or products that will introduce malware to your system.

 

SSL/TLS/HTTPS

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is digital security that facilitates encrypted communication between a web browser and a website. Transport Layer Security (TLS) ensures data privacy and is an updated version of SSL. HTTPS is the secure extension of HTTP that establishes secure connections with a web server.

 

Trojan

A Trojan, or Trojan Horse, is a malicious program disguised as a legitimate program, making it difficult to distinguish. A Trojan can destroy files, alter information, steal passwords or other information as well as fulfill any other sinister purpose it was designed to accomplish.

 

Virus

A virus is a malicious program or code that attaches itself to another program file and can replicate itself and then infect other systems. Just like the flu, it can spread from one system to another when the infected program.

 

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN provides an additional layer of security to networks. They can be used for public or private networks, but are most common in corporations that want to protect data.

 

Worm

A worm is similar to a virus because it is a destructive self-contained program that can replicate itself. But unlike a virus, it does not need to be a part of another program or document. A worm can copy and transfer itself to other systems on a network, even without user intervention.

 

 

These terms are just a few of the tech items related to website security. Staying current on cyber attacks and security will help keep your business protected from any threats to your site and business security.

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Topics: Definitions, Martech, Website Development