Website security has always been a concern for web and systems administrators, and it has more recently become a serious concern for users who are increasingly asked to provide and store personal information on websites and in the cloud. Recent news that suggests the U.S. government harvests user data from the Internet has raised red flags for many concerned citizens and may impact your website’s security and the privacy of your users.
What is at Risk?
Before jumping to any conclusions, it is important to understand what is at risk. Will the U.S. government actually read your emails, peruse your private cloud data, and have unfettered access to anything you share online? According to the initial reports, PRISM, a surveillance program initiated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI, taps into servers hosted by nine Internet-based companies, tracking everything from emails to connection logs.