What are secure forms?

Today’s episode features Daniel Weaver, a Web Developer here at Infomedia, discussing secure forms. The difference between a regular website form and a secure form is that secure forms take in very private information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, medical history and more — and extra security measures are necessary when taking in this kind of information.

Daniel thinks of building websites similarly to building a house — we add doors, walls and security systems to protect important information. But if your website is going to host private information, we trust the secure form experts — meaning we partner with companies like Jot Forms and Cognito Forms that follow HIPAA, PCI and other compliant standards.

Using secure forms does come with a cost, as it takes time and effort to keep the forms safe and secure, and that’s why it’s important to find a happy medium. Not all forms need to be secure forms, and we’re here to help you determine whether or not you need one.

Unfortunately, as a user, it can be hard to tell whether a form you’re using is secure or not. One way you can be sure is to check for a padlock in the navigation bar where you type in the website URL — a padlock means you have a secure connection to the website. It’s important to make sure that you can trust the companies for which you’re filling out forms. And if you’re not sure, it never hurts to email the company to check before filling out the form. Better safe than sorry!

About Carrie

Carrie Rollwagen is host of the Localist podcast and cofounder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Currently, she works as Vice President of Strategic Planning at Infomedia, a web development company in Birmingham, Alabama. Find the Localist at @thinklocalist on Instagram and follow Carrie at @crollwagen.

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