The importance of security for contact and registration forms

Security and forms, a world to be controlled

In today's digital landscape, where cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and frequent, the security of contact and registration forms has become a top priority for companies and web developers alike. These forms are often the first points of interaction between a website and its users, collecting personal information ranging from simple e-mail addresses to sensitive data such as payment details and social security numbers. A flaw in these systems can not only lead to a data breach, compromising user confidentiality and security, but also seriously damage a company's reputation and credibility.

Statistics and studies on forms security

Studies conducted by cybersecurity organizations such as Symantec and the Ponemon Institute reveal alarming figures that underline the importance of securing online forms:

  • The average cost of a data breach for companies has been estimated at around $3.86 million, underlining the significant financial consequences of a security breach【source : Ponemon Institute】.
  • Nearly 65% of websites are vulnerable to SQL injection attacks, a technique commonly used to exploit vulnerabilities in online forms.【source : OWASP】.
  • Phishing attacks, which often target contact and registration forms, have increased by 65% over the past year, highlighting the need for constant vigilance【source : Symantec】.

Solutions for enhanced forms security

Fortunately, several strategies and tools can help secure contact and registration forms against cyberthreats:

1. Server- and client-side data validation

Rigorous data validation, both server and client-side, is crucial to prevent SQL injections and cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. This involves verifying the accuracy and security of submitted data before it is processed. Normally, the development of the PrestaShop solution and its modules takes care of this part of securing your store.

2. Using CAPTCHA

CAPTCHAs can discourage automated form submissions by bots, reducing the risk of spam and brute force attacks. Modern versions, such as Mediacom87's medMathCaptcha for PrestaShop, offer a less intrusive user experience while effectively protecting forms.

3. SSL/TLS implementation

The use of SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt data transmitted between the user's browser and the web server is fundamental. This ensures that sensitive data, such as passwords and payment information, is secure against interception. You can configure this option directly from the PrestaShop backoffice.

4. Strict password policies

Encouraging or requiring strong, unique passwords for registrations can greatly improve security. The use of password strength checkers and the implementation of two-factor authentication (2FA) add further layers of security. PrestaShop version 8 integrates this analysis during new customer registration.

5. Regular updates and patches

Keeping systems, applications and plugins used for forms up to date with the latest security patches is essential to protect against known vulnerabilities.

In the end

The security of contact and registration forms is not just a question of protecting user data. It is also crucial for safeguarding the reputation and trust in a brand or company. By adopting robust security practices and keeping abreast of the latest threats and cybersecurity solutions, companies can not only protect their users, but also guard against the consequences for their brand image.