There are many different aspects to website design, and getting any one of them wrong can leave your website in the digital wasteland. Up there with user experience, SEO and building a responsive website, in terms of your priorities, must be security. Failing to use a web development Newcastle based company that understands the need to develop a secure site, can have negative connotations for your website and your business.

Web site security is not something that is the preserve of ecommerce sites or those dealing with sensitive information. In today’s world, it is something that every website owner needs to be aware of, and take seriously. Web users certainly take security seriously and are unlikely to continue to visit a site that gives them cause for concern. So, how do you ensure that your chosen web developer Newcastle based is up to date on the latest security threats and how to minimise the possibility that you could be affected? The first step is to avoid web design companies that make promises that are too good to be true. There are no completely fool proof forms of security. Hackers, and those that wish to buy and sell your customers’ information, are quick to jump on any new security measures and find ways around them. What you are looking for is a web development Newcastle based company that reduces your risks as far as is humanly possible, and who can advise you on the actions you need to take to further reduce those risks, especially those that come through human error or oversight.

Your chosen web design North East company should be able to talk you through different security protocols and encryption methods. Professional web development companies can explain, in plain terms, which are being built into your website and why. If you are running an ecommerce site, they should be able to discuss with you the best payment gateways and how best to store customer information to ensure they are at ease about sharing that information with you. This should also involve discussion about providing secure log in areas for customers and the processes you use to verify the identity of your customers before payments are processed. The same approach needs to be taken to ensuring the safety of information provided by visitors who sign up to newsletters or email updates. However, it is not just customers’ information that is at risk. The right web design Newcastle based company should also be able to advise on how you can keep your company as safe as possible. This includes setting passwords, providing secure cloud access, and ensuring that you have antivirus software in place that is updated regularly. If you are going to be updating your site inhouse once it is built, then your developer should also be able to provide guidance on ensuring that links are safe and what to look out for that might suggest your site’s security has been compromised.

No one likes to think about all the things that could go wrong if your security is breached, but thinking about it in the early stages of your web development means you can be prepared. Companies that are well prepared, and who take on board the advice of their web development Newcastle based partner are less likely to be targets of cyber-attacks in the first place.