Here at Universal Web Design we know the strong importance for any business in any industry with an online presence. It’s time to develop your website security knowledge with us!

From any aspect of eCommerce, blog or general websites your content and data should be safe and sound, this is incredibly paramount especially with GDPR rules now in the mix. However, many business professionals can get easily confused by the lingo or terminology when it comes to all things world wide web.

The best way to make your website secure is to start from the beginning, this is easily achieved and eradicates any hassle with our in-house team of web developers. We’re best placed to tackle any issues you may currently have or experience in the future – think of us as the firefighter pulling you out of the flames!

Throughout Universal Web Design’s progression over the years, we have ensured issues are dealt with or eradicated expertly if the worst case scenario for our existing clients. We do this by building a good foundation for your website from the start.

All our websites are built and setup on WordPress. It’s known as one of the best content management platforms, and is trusted by some of the biggest brands and industries across the globe. In addition, when choosing to host your company website with us, you will be choosing high-tech security options that are made available for your website.

These include:

Security Certificate
Having a Security Certificate is now recommended for every website that handles customer data, GDPR is pulling out the stops on this process. Failure to do this may result in a fine from  the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) that could be anything between £5,000 and £10,000 depending on the seriousness of any data/website hack you may experience.

This appears in the URL section of the page, with a green padlock indicating you have https instead of http at the beginning – this is the best way to keep both you and your clients information secure on your website. Not only this, Google will rank your website higher because you fall in line with the latest security protocols.

It’s especially important if you handle information like passwords or credit card information on your site. Although fear not, our Developers are able to install it for you.

Privacy Policy
The Privacy Policy is a statement that discloses all of the methods a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfils a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy. As well as that, the Privacy Policy also provides accessible information to individuals about how you will use personal data and is a key element of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Cookie Policy
Almost all websites use Cookies (little data files to store information in people’s web browsers) and it is important that you get consent from visitors to your website, to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Cookies are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website. Essentially, the Cookie Policy explains to your audience that you do use Cookies to store information.

Backups
UWD ensure things are running smoothly at all times, which includes making regular backups of your database and files. If your site gets hacked or an update goes wrong, you don’t want to be left without the information your site needs to function correctly.

Server Updates
This basically means that our developers are keeping your website up to date with the latest version of our hosting platforms, including plugins, etc.

Error Messages
Anytime there is an error on your site which causes it to display an error message–rather than loading the preferred page–this can leave your site vulnerable to attack. UWD developers know to implement a custom error page within the website design, including the automatic message with information about the error details, easily enabling a hacker to get their foot in the door to your website. A simple “Internal Error” message will let the visitor know to contact you and will limit a hacker’s access to the back end of your website.

As you can see, you’re in safe hands with the expert developers at Universal Web Design, our aim is to keep our client websites up to date, user friendly and security enabled. The online world can be a cruel mistress when in the wrong hands, but our knowledge and professionalism ensure our developers are keeping you and your online presence safe and secure.

To find out more about our website designs, builds or developments please call 01206 588 000, we offer the chance for customers to speak with our in-house team about their requirements or queries they may have. Alternatively you can email us via sales@universalwebdesign.co.uk.