Are You Using Plain Text For The Critical Data On Your Website Or Mobile App?

While it may seem easy building a website or an app, it is actually pretty hard. You might see TV commercials or hear from a friend that building a website is easy but that is just not true. Sure, building a beginner level website is pretty easy but if you want to go past that there is a lot that you have to learn. This is especially true if you are talking about a website that has interactive features built into it. And when we say interactive features we are not just talking about animation or moving elements on the screen. No we are talking about being able to make comments on the page and also being able to submit a form. Learning how to do stuff like this takes work and some skill and you do not get that by learning how to building a website in 24 hours.

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There is also another aspect that takes a while to learn when you are first starting out when it comes to building websites and mobile apps. And that is you need to learn about computer security. While you do not have to become an expert in computer security, you do need to learn a little bit more than the basics these days. There are types of threats that are on the internet now and if your app is not ready to handle them then you will find it in trouble. If your website or app is not able to withstand the most basic computer security attacks then you will find that you will not only be insecure but you will lose users as well. That is why you must take computer security seriously when you are putting an application or a website out for public consumption.

There are a few rules that you should know when it comes to computer security. One of the things that you should think about when handling your computer security is to make sure that any input from the user is filtered. There are too many security holes that start with unfiltered data and that should be a primary concern of yours. The other really basic aspect of computer security that you should think about is how you are going to store the data that is on your website or in your app.

The one way you do not want to store your data is in the plaintext format. Yet that is the mistake that so many programmers make over and over again. When we say plaintext format we are talking about using a basic text editor such as notepad to store your data. On Windows the data usually ends with a .txt extension. When you are using a language like PHP and you store data in a .php file the data has to be compiled to be seen. With plaintext all a person has to do is to find the web address of the data and they will be able to read it. If you use a database it is harder to get to the data even still. The person has to know the exact SQL command to type in to be able to get to the data.

If you want to be a professional on the web then there are some rules that you have to follow. This is especially true when it comes to security rules. So make sure you store your sensitive data correctly or you would have left a giant security hole in your system.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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