The Importance of Website Security

Zachary Horvath

Zachary Horvath 2023-03-23 2 min read #softwareengineering

Properly securing websites and protecting user data is of utmost importance. That's why it's concerning to hear that TikTok's web-activity tracking pixels were found in as many as 30 state government websites, according to a study by Feroot Security.

While the ban on TikTok over fears of user data being shared with Beijing is well-known, it's surprising to see state and local governments inadvertently enabling the Chinese company's data collection practices. The fact that TikTok pixels were found on 10% of the 3,500 sites examined is alarming.

It's not just TikTok. Feroot also found pixels from Tencent, Alibaba, and Kaspersky on state-government sites. This highlights the broader issue of big tech companies always watching and tracking users, even on government websites that should be more secure.

As a result, many state governments have taken matters into their own hands by banning TikTok from employee devices and removing the trackers after being contacted by reporters. However, this raises the question of why these tracking pixels were present in the first place and whether other foreign sites have been snooping in the digital shadows.

This study highlights the importance of proper attention to code, security protocols, and privacy protection on websites, especially those operated by the government. While it's easy to blame big tech companies for always watching, it's ultimately the responsibility of website owners to ensure the safety and security of their users.

Organizations can address these concerns by having experienced professionals on board to identify and remediate issues. A skilled web developer can conduct a thorough review of your website's code to identify any tracking pixels, third-party scripts, or vulnerabilities that may be compromising user data privacy and security.

With their knowledge of programming languages, frameworks, and libraries, they can ensure that your website is built with security in mind from the ground up. They can also implement robust security protocols such as SSL/TLS encryption, two-factor authentication, and regular security updates to protect your website from cyber threats.

Moreover, a developer can help you maintain compliance with privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA, which are becoming increasingly important in today's digital landscape.

The web can be intimidating and fraught with security vulnerabilities. By working with an experienced web developer, you can ensure that your website is built and maintained to the highest security and privacy standards, reducing the risk of data breaches and ensuring the safety of your users' information.