Knowing if your forms are secure is tricky. Do you know if your front door is secure? If you’ve locked it, if you’ve added channels, if you’ve added an alarm system, then it’s pretty safe. If you left it unlocked and ajar, it’s probably not so safe.
You can make your web forms more secure or leave them open. Problems arise when you leave them wide open without really knowing that you left them vulnerable. Here are some things to consider if you’re looking for more secure web forms.
Have a security tester try to crack them
Ideally, a hacker wants harvest information from your forms. They’re not looking to break your form, they’re looking for ways to extract information from your forms. It’s actually a lot trickier than just breaking your forms or taking control of them. You can hire a security tester to try to crack your forms and/or try to harvest information from them.
Did you add security?
There are things you can do to make your forms more secure, just like you can make your front door more secure. A common method is to have the form Encrypt information before sending it.
If your receiving program has the decryption key, you can see the information, but a hacker must both steal the information and then decrypt it (which is time consuming and expensive). Here are some common security features:
This is where people fill out the form and complete a puzzle to show that they don’t spam bots. Spammers are annoying and a targeted attack can break your form.
There are several ways to catch spambots. The most common is where they have hidden checkboxes that robots will check off, but humans can’t see and therefore won’t check off.
This is a common encryption method. This encryption method is commonly used to send information through web browsers. Securing a website with SSL This is often where form security stops.
The short answer is that it creates encrypted content which takes a lot of effort, time and money to decrypt. As mentioned earlier, this may not help secure information as it is entered, but it does help keep it safe as it travels the Internet.
Doing this and asking people to sign up for accounts gives you more information about users. This means you have more tools at your disposal to help you eliminate hackers and the like. Unfortunately, fewer website visitors are willing to open accounts, especially if they are not invested in what you are offering or selling.
- Have someone verify the code
If you’re not a programmer yourself, get someone else to check the code. Looking for a nice clean code with no hidden elements. A clever way to hide code is to insert it between copied and pasted content.
If there is a lot of extraneous code in the web form, it either suggests that the original developer did a bad job, or there are holes in the program that others (including the original developer) origin) can exploit.
Have someone check hidden fields and such, but remember that some hidden fields are themselves used for security, so find a programmer who understands the nuances of form security.
If you are unsure, have someone else check the code, there are many skilled developers on freelance websites who can do this security checks for your web forms. Just be careful not to give them full access to your website or you may never see it again.
If you’re looking for more control over your forms so you can determine (first-hand) if your forms are secure, check out the Headless Forms system. You can receive More info here If you are interested.
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