So you are getting your software developed but worried that it might become a victim of attackers and hackers? Every business owner that relies on software for most of their work and data storage is afraid of data leaks that can put them and their customers in jeopardy. However, if there are hackers, then there are security measures as well that you can take to protect your software.
Whether you are getting a customized or a clone system developed, implementing safety features is a MUST, so you don’t fall victim to the hackers waiting to get access to your personal data. Have a look at the 5 levels of security you need to protect your software below:
5 Must-Have Security Levels in a Software’s Customized Systems:
- Script Variable and Parameter Passing:
When you set passwords in your server or database for your employees to access, you need to be very careful about their encryption. You don’t want those passwords to be discovered by anyone, or else, it can result in a security breach.
The problem is that by default, the passwords will be saved as ‘plain text’ in the scripts so when you enter the password, it can quickly be caught by someone with a bit of knowledge in coding. The password goes to the bot for authentication and if it is not encrypted, it can be read during the transit.
So the basic step of securing your password is by encrypting the string value using PowerShell which obfuscates it and protects from people with wandering eyes. A professional software development company can help you with the security of not just your password but also the username so both of them are well protected from prying eyes and hackers.
- Cloudflare and SSL Certificate:
Even if you have secured the password and user id, it is still going to be vulnerable because advanced hackers can use SQL Injection to access the database of your software. The SQL injection allows attackers to change the queries made to the database which means they can easily view data, modify it or delete it which can cause changes to your app’s content or make it behave differently.
This means things like passwords, personal user details and credit card information of app users stored inside can be compromised and used by attackers. This can even result in heavy lawsuits against you. So to protect yourself and the users of your app, you need CloudFlare set up. It basically protects your app against attacks like SQL Injection that can result in a data breach.
Furthermore, you can get an SSL certificate for your app which will add an additional layer of security during the exchange of information between users and the app. This is especially necessary for ecommerce apps where the transfer of credit/debit card information happens every day. According to GlobalSign; 85% people avoid shopping from platforms that are not secure, so getting an SSL certificate is a must for you.
- Hide the Origin IP:
Once again, CloudFlare will help you here. You will have to ensure that your original server’s IP address is not exposed to the public. Because if it is, then it will make the job of hackers a lot easy. They can just directly target your server and send requests from different machines or bots and take the server of your app down. This will obviously result in your app not being available to the end-users and you will lose business.
So we suggest that you use the ‘Orange Cloud’ feature of Cloudflare to add layers if front of your origin IP and not leave it exposed to hackers.
- Security Settings in Server’s Operating System:
This is something you need to do to secure your servers from anything that is being downloaded from the internet. A lot of viruses can be installed in the servers without you knowing and they can then disrupt your whole server database or steal important data.
Till now, you were doing things that protect your servers from external factors like attackers and hackers but what if a virus escapes all of these things and enter in your servers? Well that’s where the firewall will protect it.
You need to enable the Firewall system in your server’s operating system and regularly update it to ensure full protection against existing and upcoming threats.
- Hardware Installation:
Everything we were doing till now was based on software and applications, but if you want to add a final security layer to your software’s servers then getting a physical firewall is mandatory. It is a device that is connected to the network and positioned between the computer and the uplink.
It will inspect the traffic that enters or leaves the server computer and grant or deny access based on its credibility.