The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued the report “Do Web Host Protect Their Small Business Customers With Secure Hosting And Anti-Phishing Technologies? This report is the result of a mid-2017 investigation by the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation into the security features offered by eleven web hosts that primarily target small businesses.
The findings of the report include that 73% of the web hosts include SSL/TLS protocol (offering site verification, encryption connection between the user’s browser and server) into website set up. At the same time, the vast majority of web hosts (over 90%) did not include email authentication (an anti-phishing tool) as a default feature. The report also found that small businesses are less likely to use available email authentication technology, leaving them more vulnerable to email phishing attacks. The FTC concludes that web hosts targeting small businesses should include more robust default security features.
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