Most people are aware that shoddily designed and implemented websites will have security vulnerabilities that come along with them. Indeed, unless your web developer really knows what they are doing; your business website is at risk of exploitation one way or another. There are many types of website security vulnerabilities, from the simple to the extremely complex.

What this means in layman’s terms is essentially… The machine that handles your website speaks a set of languages, and, if a hacker wants to cause some damage to your website and your web developer hasn’t instructed your machine strictly to not interpret certain signs and symbols as computer-language and only raw text, a hacker could tell the machine handling your website what to do. For example this might be something as simple as a hacker putting 
“/DROP TABLE users;/” in a search field. This is a bit of SQL code– the coding language that machines use to keep databases around– that instructs servers to essentially drop all their user data. It’s simple for hackers or even common internet-trolls to do, but a lot of websites who go with sub-standard web developers are vulnerable to these simple kinds of threats.

On the other hand, a Javascript vulnerability attacks the website visitor’s computer. A Javascript script is a piece of code that is transferred along with the main code for the webpage the visitor is currently viewing that says “hey, do this!”– usually this is confined to browser folders, but even then browsers can have a lot of sensitive information on them. Javascript vulnerability can turn your small-business website into a worm haven, or infect it with malicious software to spread to your users in order to steal sensitive information from them or install other malicious software on their devices.

For the good of the internet and humanity; please don’t compromise your website’s security integrity. Most of the internet is much safer than it was in the early days due to the continuing cooperation of website-owners and coders alike; go with a professional coder who knows what they are doing.

Website Encryption

Every bit of information on the internet gets passed from one machine to the next-closest machine again and again until it has to get where it has to go. We explained this in the Domains section. That might raise a concern: What if you were sending some confidential information to someone? What would stop any of these machines or people from opening up your message and reading what’s inside? That’s a good concern to have! The answer is; you can’t stop them from looking at what’s inside, but what you CAN do is make sure that you have a secret code that your machine talks in and your recipient’s machine understands, so if any middle-men in between try to figure out what you’re saying, it’ll just look like gibberish. This clever trick is called SSL encryption, and it keeps sensitive information safe when it’s going from one place to another and has to be passed along a network.