How Secure are Free Websites?

Protecting Your Relationship with Weebly

Here’s a section from the Weebly.com Privacy Policy that describes their approach to security. Note that their SSL encryption only protects you in your relationship with Weebly.

Confidentiality and Security

No data transmissions over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make efforts to ensure security on our systems.

  • We use physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information about you.
  • Your account information is password-protected. Additionally, your account’s password is stored using a salted, variable work factor, one-way hash algorithm.
  • In certain areas, Weebly uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.

Protect Your Customers’ Information

If you collect credit-card information, you want very strong security protections. The easiest way to secure your shopping cart is to contract with platforms like  Network Solutions, Amazon Webstore, Google Checkout, Shopify, and so on, with the security options already built in. Weebly’s shopping cart uses PayPal, which has  strong security options, to manage all financial transactions.

You can set up a simple store (a few items with fixed prices) using PayPal directly. See Meals on Wheels of Staten Island’s donation page for examples of PayPal buttons.

If you collect personal information (medical records, for example), consider buying SSL encryption. Network Solutions offers a variety of options. See http://www.networksolutions.com/SSL-certificates/index.jsp for their information.

Other large hosting companies offer SSL certificates as well. If your host doesn’t, you might want to change hosts.

Protect Yourself against Spam

If you want to prevent spammers from sending garbage forms, use a CAPTCHA. See Meals on Wheels of Staten Island’s volunteer application page for an example.

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