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Should your web site database have its own dedicated server?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

It comes down to security and reliability.  Should your web site be on one server (or a cluster of servers) and your database be on its own dedicated server (or servers)?  What are the pros and cons?  Is it worth the expense?  We shall delve into these business-critical questions in this article.

Dedicated Databases for Secure Web hosting

Lets look at the security and reliability impact of the various common configuration choices.

Shared Hosting

In a shared hosting environment, generally, your web site and database are hosted on the same server as the web sites and databases of many other businesses (and hackers…?) unknown to you and outside of your control.

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SecureForm: API and Auditing Updates for Database Storage

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Your web and/or PDF forms can securely delivery data to you in many ways using LuxSci SecureForm.  One of these ways, saving all of your form post data to a hosted database, is now even more useful:

  • Data can be downloaded and/or deleted using LuxSci’s API
  • Row-level Audit trails are now explicitly maintained for access to database-stored data

Form Database Access using the LuxSci API

LuxSci’s API enables SecureForm customers to manage form posts stored to hosted MySQL databases.  In particular, this makes audited access to stored (and encrypted) data simple, does not require any SQL knowledge, and permits you to determine if access is read only or read and delete.

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Can your web and PDF forms save to an Encrypted Database?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Many web form processing systems allow you to save the form posts in a database.  However, for security and compliance reasons, that is not really very secure.  Of course, if your form processing and the database are in a secure, compliant environment (e.g. a HIPAA-compliant dedicated server), then the situation is better and it may be OK to have your form data saved unencrypted in your database.

However, as the person doing your compliance risk analysis will tell you, it is always better to have data encrypted at rest if you have a choice.  That greatly reduces your risk of breach / compromise.  The problem is: these web form processing systems and plugins will not encrypt your data for you and it is not easy to get a database that is itself fully encrypted.

So — what can you do to lock down your data?

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View, Search, Print, Download your Web/PDF Form Posts Like a Boss

Monday, February 25th, 2013

By popular demand, LuxSci is pleased to announce a new feature that vastly simplifies and speeds access to and management of your web and PDF form post data.  SecureForm now includes a web-based user interface for searching, sorting, viewing, downloading, and printing all of your form post data.  It’s quick, accessible to non-administrators, and works with any form where you are saving copies of the post data to a database on LuxSci servers.

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Web and PDF Form Submissions Saved to a MySQL Database

Friday, August 13th, 2010

LuxSci SecureForm is an easy way to add or enhance security and/or functionality to web and PDF forms you to use to collect important information. This service has been expanded to now store your submitted form data directly to a MySQL database hosted at LuxSci!

SecureForm storage in MySQL is compatible with LuxSci HIPAA-compliant account services.

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