Privacy and Security

GDPR

Updates and Back Ups

SSL and HTTPS

Cookies

Policies

Oso Creative provide straightforward and manageable solutions to enusre your website is safe and secure.

GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25th, 2018 and it is essential that businesses comply with GDPR and reduce the risk from cyber security threats.

New requirements mean that businesses handling data will have to meet stringent requirements. Companies in breach of the Data Protection Act can face fines.

As part of Oso Creative’s commitment in implementing best practices throughout our web design and development, we will work with and support our customers to enusre they comply whilst continuing to create appealing and engaging websites that operate at optimum efficiency and importantly, are safe and secure.

Updates and Back Ups

Updates ensure that your website continues to operate and perform well and consistently. They also help to ensure that your website has everything in place to run safely and smoothly, creating a positive and responsive experience for your users.

Unfortunately cyber crime rates are high and hackers have become commonplace on the web. You may not see your website as a target, but there is always a chance it could become compromised and even with security in place,  viruses and other malware may prove a threat.

Back-ups are essential in maintaining the security of your website and helping to safeguard against threats. If anything should go wrong with your website, or it’s security is breached, making sure that files and data are backed up and stored securely means that your website and it’s content can be recovered.

SSL and HTTPS

An SSL certificate is a form of identification unique to your site and ensures that when somebody inputs data to your site, for example when logging in, making a purchase or using the contact form, a secure connection is created for the data transfer. When browsing in Google Chrome, sites with an SSL certificate will display a green padlock and the word secure in the url bar, indicating that the site is secure and safe to use. The url will start with https://www.

HTTPS or secure HHTP is essentially an encryption method, securing the connection between the users’ browser and your server (making it harder for hackers to intercept the connection). HTTPS works simultaneously with SSL to communicate information safely.

Although not compulsory at present, an SSL certificate is definitely now considered best practice and is fast becoming essential. If you don’t install an SSL certificate and switch to HTTPS, the credibility of your site and your search engine rankings are likely to be affected.

Google have been pushing for a more secure web with changes to its Chrome browser designed to encourage website owners to switch to HTTPS (and other top search engines are following suit). Google Chrome has started to mark some non secure pages in the url bar or in notifications and soon, all pages containing passwords and credit card input fields that are not served over HTTPS will be marked as ‘not secure’.

In addition to that, Chrome is favouring sites that are showing HTTPS, causing non secure HTTP sites to drop in rankings when any organic search takes place.

Cookies

Most websites have them and most people use websites every day without even thinking about them. In short, cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help websites provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make the browsing experience better.

It’s important to tell people visiting your site what cookies you use and how you are using them. If your website is using them, we can quickly and simply add a notification to your website. the About Cookies website offers more information, including how to delete cookies.

Privacy Policies and Statements

These are important to include on your website as they let users know how and if their online behaviour is tracked and how their information is handled, stored and protected. Privacy policies help to show that you are compliant with GDPR and take your users online security seriously.