Website SecuritySeveral of our clients are asking more and more about G.D.P.R. and how it will affect their website.

G.D.P.R. is coming into effect by 25th May 2018 and you need to make a start on becoming “G.D.P.R. Ready”.

I have created a list of things you will need to put into place on your Website below;

1. Collecting data from the form(s)

a) You will need to add a disclaimer underneath each of your forms to advise your users what you will be doing with their data once they have filled in a form.

b) To sign up to your Email Newsletters you will need to add an opt-in form to your website that will allow them to accept (or not) your emails.

c) Add Re-Captcha software to each form so you know if the person filling in the information is a human or a bot. It where you will see a mixed set of letters and number to type in before submitting a form. Find out more here >

d) Easy removal from your Email Newsletter; this can be from the email client to the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

2. Privacy Policy

Add a Privacy Policy to your website so you can alert the users of your website what kind of data you are collecting from your website about them and how you are going to be using it.

More information about Privacy Notices > Updated 25/05/2018;

3. Business Terms and Conditions

Add your Business Terms and Conditions to your website so people can read them in advance of working with you.

You will also need Terms and Conditions of Use, for using your website.

Your G.D.P.R. Statement will be a separate document and can be put within your Privacy Policy.

3. Cookie Policy and Pop Up Notice

If you use Google Analytics or other analytical software to understand how your website is built you will need to tell your users that you are doing this as it collects I.P. information.

a) The Cookie Pop Up asks your users if they are OK with your website collecting this kind of information

b) The Cookie Policy tells you user how you will be using this information

You can use Cookie Control for a lot of different types of websites.

Find out more about Cookies here:

Free WordPress Cookie Plugins include;

5. S.S.L. – Secure Socket Layer

A Secure Socket Layer establishes an encrypted link between a web server (where your website sits) and a browser (where you view web pages). Otherwise known as the padlock in the address bar at the top of the browser.

There are a few reasons why you should have an S.S.L.:

a) So that you are not marked as “non-secure” – This is even for when you don’t sell anything

b) If payment is taken from your website, it protects the user

6. Additional Security

If using WordPress, you can use a variety of security plugins that will block certain files and information from the Internet.

These can be free, but you can go pro with a lot of them with prices starting from $99.00.

Free WordPress Security Plugins includes;

The free versions of security will look after minimal security but if you wanted to go for something a lot stronger you should look at Sucuri, which goes deeper into the level of security it deals with.

7. Always update

When using WordPress or other C.M.S. (Content Managed System) Software, you should ensure that you are as up to date as possible.

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