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The importance of strong website and app security

| Sande Caplin |

Using the internet and a mobile phone has become commonplace in the technological era of the 21st Century where billions of people worldwide now depend on technology to improve their quality of life. From accessing information and buying products to organising daily plans and playing games, both play an integral role in how we operate from a personal, occupational and educational perspective. It is now difficult to remember a time when the internet or mobile phones did not exist, such is the plethora of options and functions available to us at the click of a mouse or touch of a screen. They continue to provide an element of convenience and efficiency through their ability to enable users to make purchases, play games or find information with minimal fuss and without having to leave their home or office.

We often take it for granted that every website and app we use enforce the necessary security measures that protect us from the numerous threats which will always remain present. Although users should always choose websites and apps that come with a verified security certificate, unscrupulous thieves and hackers always look for potential loopholes and lapses in security in order to illegally obtain information that they can use for their own personal gain and cause heartache for those affected by identity theft or fraud. It is for this reason that the inclusion of security is of paramount importance for every website and app that requires users to enter their personal and bank details in order to provide peace of mind and a level of safety that cannot be broken down.

Personal details

Many website require users to enter their personal details, such as their address and telephone number, as part of the registration process which provides access to a number of privileges they provide. Retail company apps, such as Amazon and eBay, and gaming websites are prime examples of services that store personal information which enable customers to make purchases, deposit money or receive prizes to the address they provide. Protecting personal information is part of the Data Protection Act which all companies must adhere to, but they must ensure their security measures are thorough and cover ever aspect of their service. Uptown Aces and other reputable online gaming sites make it their duty to keep information safe and ensure their users can enjoy their favourite games without having to worry about the loss of personal information. Those who do not enforce appropriate security measures, or neglect them altogether, are at risk of allowing unscrupulous hackers to access passwords, home addresses and other forms of information that they can utilise for their own illegal gain and cause a mountain of problems for those affected.

Bank information

Billions of dollars are spent every year via websites and mobile apps that allow users to purchase products or services at the click of a mouse or touch of a screen. It is this level of convenience that enables users to browse and secure purchases at their own leisure without having to travel to a shopping mall; they can simply find what they want online or on an app and have it delivered to their designated address, whether it is their home, office or another location.

Numerous websites and apps allow users to enter their personal bank details upon registration to prevent having to enter them repeatedly for every purchase, deposit or withdrawal they make, although there are some that provide a ‘do not save’ option for those who may be concerned that their details will fall into the wrong hands. Bank, retail and gaming services must prioritise security measures to not only secure peace of mind for their customers, but also prevent invaluable data, such as transaction information, PIN numbers and card numbers, to be accessible to unscrupulous hackers who can use the information to commit acts of fraud. Obtaining a verified security certificate is essential for companies like NatWest and Rakuten, who deal with transactions and bank details on a daily basis, as a way of establishing trust with current existing and prospective customers who are looking for safe and secure businesses to look after their account and make purchases at their own leisure.

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