Posted: 3/9/2018

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For many small and home-based businesses, having a web presence is important. One significant concern is security. Many companies choose web hosting firms to set up their website and email systems. When businesses are vetting companies to perform these technical tasks, there are some important factors to consider.

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For many small and home-based businesses, having a web presence is important. One significant concern is security. Many companies choose web hosting firms to set up their website and email systems. When businesses are vetting companies to perform these technical tasks, there are some important factors to consider. Here are a couple of quick tips:

  1. Choose a hosting company integrate SSL/TLS into the website development. SSL/TLS are technologies that set up an encrypted connection between the website and its visitors. This protects the user sensitive information such as credit card data and passwords. It also offers some assurances that the website is legitimate.
  2. Select a host that supports email authentication technologies. Phishing scams are rampant and email verification protects domains from these types of scams. These technologies verify the identity of the domain where an email originates to ensure it is really coming from that server. There are even protocols that can instruct servers on how to handle unauthenticated messages.

Taking the time to select hosting companies that offer these services can offer safer experiences for customers.

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About Business Consumer Alliance

Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) is a non-profit company that started in 1928. The broad purpose of BCA is to promote business self-regulation. BCA's mission is achieved by assisting consumers in resolving complaints with businesses and using that complaint information, along with other relevant information such as customer reviews, to forecast business reliability. With community support, BCA can identify trustworthy and ethical businesses and warn the public to avoid unscrupulous businesses whose purpose is to defraud the marketplace. BCA also helps businesses promote themselves by providing services and tools to protect their business and reach out to their customers. BCA obtains its funding from member businesses who support the mission and purpose of the organization and who agree to abide by high standards of ethical business practices.

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The Consumer Ally program is free for consumers to join. At BCA, we feel it's very important to educate the public on trends like scams, new laws and providing helpful tips to empower the public in making wise purchasing decisions. This program is an elite community of consumers who share our vision for a safe marketplace. We can't be everywhere at once so we depend on feedback from the public to help our efforts.

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