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6 Steps to Get Your Website GDPR Ready

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force on 25th May 2018. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your business is ready. This includes looking at potential security risks and non-compliance issues relating to your website.

Below are several elements of your website that should be regularly reviewed:

1. Regularly Update Software

Website Updates

To protect your website from vulnerabilities, it’s important to install the latest updates and security patches as soon as they become available. This includes CMS software, PHP, themes and plugins. If your website isn’t already running on PHP 7, it may be at risk!

2. Keep Your Website Secure

Website Security

Hackers often use sneaky techniques to take control of your website or trick visitors into giving personal information to them. Keeping your website safe and secure will protect it against threats including malware, viruses, and phishing.

3. Publish a Privacy Policy

Website Privacy Policy

A Privacy Policy tells visitors how you will use their personal information – fairly and transparently. Personal information doesn’t just apply to contact or payment details. It also includes your use of Cookies and any other analytics or data collection functions that are connected to your website, such as Google Analytics – even when collecting data anonymously.

4. Provide a Cookie Notification

Website Cookie Notification

Cookies are small data files which store information in their visitor’s web browsers. Most websites use them, and you’re obliged to inform users that you are doing so as soon as they arrive on your website (through a Cookie Notification). You must also explain how you use Cookies in your Privacy Policy.

5. Install an SSL Certificate

Website SSL Certificate

If your website URL doesn’t begin with ‘https’ (signifying that it has a security certificate), any data – such as contact details or payment information – that a visitor submits could be risk. An SSL security certificate will ensure that data is kept secure and gives visitors peace of mind.

6. Maintain Regular Backups

Website Backups

Backups help you to avoid loss of important files and make it quick and easy to recover your files in the event of a disaster.

Did you know?

Under the new legislation, fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual global turnover may be issued in cases of serious data breaches.

If you’ve not begun preparing for GDPR, now is the time to act!

Our website management services can help you stay on top of everything above from just £60 per month. Contact us to find out how we can help.

2018-05-08T21:14:51+00:00