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You Can Overcome Website Vulnerabilities That Can Lead to Hacking

Posted by websiteverification on March 18, 2011

All website and online business owners are concerned about the website vulnerabilities that may affect their site.  This is because internet threats are everyone.  One in particular is hacking.  Everyone has heard of computer hacking, but do you really know what can happen to your website if it is hacked? How can you overcome website vulnerabilities that lead to hacking?

Wikipedia describes computer hacking as the practice of changing computer hardware and software to accomplish a function which is outside of the creator’s original purpose.  Essentially, hacking is unlawful use of a computer and its network resources. Crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud or other computer crimes are often the result of hacking.

Some hackers are technology buffs who enjoy learning how computers work and may even consider computer hacking as a form of art.  However, computer hacking is illegal unless it is done under contract between an ethical hacker and an organization.

Vulnerability scanning is the best way to protect your website from the vulnerabilities that can lead to things like hacking.   It is crucial that you test your website applications on a regular basis to ensure the safety of your computer systems and web data, as well as your customer’s private information. According to the PCI Security Standards, you should have your website and system scanned at least quarterly by an approved scanning vendor.  The vulnerability scans will identify any type of vulnerabilities found in your website so you can fix them.

So if you are doing what you should be and taking the steps to protect your site and overcome website vulnerabilities, then you will look out for computer hackers.

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Avoid Website Vulnerabilities

Posted by websiteverification on November 11, 2010

When you have created your own website, you need to be aware of the risks of website vulnerabilities.  You spend a lot of time producing your website and maintaining it.  You don’t want an attack against your site because most likely, you would have to start all over.  Be sure that your site is not vulnerable to malicious attacks.  Below are listed some of the most prevalent website attacks that you should be aware of.

Cross Site Scripting

Cross site scripting (also known as XSS) has been proven to be the most prevalent threats to websites. XSS happens when one of your web applications gathers malicious data because of an attacker setting it up. Malicious attackers insert client side script into web pages that are viewed by other users.  When the user clicks on a link to your site from another website, instant message, or email message, it attacks your site.  The attacker is then able to gather data from your site, and it can cause major problems. The best way to avoid this is as a user, only open links from web pages that are trusted.  Cross site scripting is one of the most common threats to websites.

SQL Injection

SQL injection attacks are another common website threat. SQL stands for “structured query language”.  An SQL injection attack is when a person places malicious code into the SQL strings of your website.  The producer of the website may accept the code while they are creating their website, not realizing that it is malicious.  It will then cause major problems to the website because the attacker will now have access to website data.  They may change or steal data from your website.

Session Hijacking

Another threat to be sure your website is not vulnerable of is session hijacking.  This is when a valid computer session is exploited.  The attacker is able to take over a web user’s computer session by obtaining the session id and then pretending to be the authorized user.  They can then steal important information from the victim.  Session hijacking may or may not be detectable to the website owner.  But if your website is not responding in the normal or expected way, session hijacking could be a possible cause, so be aware.

So if you are an owner of a website, you need to watch out for these website vulnerabilities.  One of the best ways to get rid of any website vulnerabilities is to have quarterly scans of your website by an approved scanning vendor.

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