Data Collection Essentials: Online Forms

Handling secure information within a form

By now, most of us are familiar with online forms as we need to use them for almost everything we do online. Forms are a central part of the web as data collection has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Whether an eCommerce website or a simple sign-in to your favorite streaming service, almost every major application requires you to input data in a form to be stored in a database or cloud-based data system. Forms have long been the main feature of websites and web applications. Fortunately, JDR Web has years of experience implementing successful forms to companies large and small.

Most web developers know that forms are a lot more complex than simply providing a place for users to enter some data. Forms have moving parts as they interact with a database, sending new data into the database that has been submitted by a user. This creates opportunities for bad actors to take advantage of security flaws that may exist in the form. If the form has not been developed properly, a bad actor could use an array of different attacks that could damage the database of the application. This can cause damage to systems and cost companies millions of dollars.

Secure Online Forms

At JDR Web, we have made security a high priority, providing our clients with top-notch products built to withstand online attacks. This is one reason we partnered with Formstack, a secure online form builder. With Formstack, you can build a form yourself even if you have limited programming knowledge. The technology behind Formstack allows users to implement secure online forms without needing to worry about backend programming and security. All data that is provided to Formstack is secured with the highest standards of security, including 256-bit SSL, data encryption, PGP email encryption, password protection, invisible reCAPTCHA, and more. This means fewer headaches, less time building, and more time to spend growing your company.

Form Builder

With Formstack, there are a robust array of features that you can implement in your form. It’s easy to add new fields and customize them to your needs. This is a user-friendly way to build forms that require only some passing knowledge of how the software works. Once your form fields are in place, you can add conditional logic to different parts of your form. This allows your form to react to a user’s input. With this feature, you can easily show or hide sections of the form to personalize the user experience.

Each year, more and more web traffic has been attributed to mobile devices. Formstack forms are mobile-friendly, which makes the forms automatically adjust to any device and give mobile users a better user experience. This will help with mobile accessibility and with marketing. Formstack also provides analytics to gather actionable insights from your form data. As a result, you can improve conversion rates and help with your marketing strategy.

Finally, Formstack provides a cloud-based database to store your data. This can make automation of certain tasks like email lists simple and fast. The secure database is accessible to your web applications and only authorized users. The ease of use and robust security features feels like a luxury. Therefore, Formstack can give you peace of mind while providing infrastructure for your customer data. JDR Web provides services to implement Formstack on any size project for any type of business.

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