websites are prone to be at risk of hacks, viruses and malware from all sorts of attackers who might want to inject code into the website that lets them corrupt the contents of the web pages. Some hackers input malware, so site visitors download it and that would allow them to further hack into the user's computer.
Hackers often do this to blackmail users and site owners for money in return for the control of the website or computer. They can also use the websites as a temporary servers to store content of illegal nature and this can compromise website quality and legibility. This is why it's very important for developers to be familiar with web security protocol standards.
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Web security can be increased by using a programming language "Side Server Includes (SSI)" on HTML that takes users to a different webpage, and then later redirects them to the main page to increase web security.
Other security protocols include being aware of error messages, protecting against XSS attacks, and watching out for SQL injection that can come from malware in third party databases and query softwares.
Web security must not be compromised, because it can ruin the brand identity a website has been trying to build, the website can be completely be removed from the internet and cause financial damage to the business.