Security

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 22:10

Website security

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Website security is possibly today’s most underestimated aspect of website creation and should be a priority for each company, entrepreneur or individual.

Shared hosting or VPS (Virtual Private Hosting) today are the two most common ways of hosting. This means that your site share hosting space on the same server with many other websites. Hacker attacks across hosting are the most common and most dangerous forms of hacking. One hacked site can infect all other websites on the same server.

Web applications, as shopping carts, forms, login pages, dynamic content, etc, are the second target of hackers attacks. Web applications are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore they are constantly vulnerable.

There are many studies that indicate the increasing number of attacks. These are excerpts from a few of them.

“90% of companies say they’ve been hacked

If it sometimes appears that just about every company is getting hacked these days, that’s because they are.

In a recent survey of 583 U.S. companies conducted by Ponemon Research on behalf of Juniper Networks, 90% of the respondents said their organizations’ computers had been breached at least once by hackers over the past 12 months.

Nearly 60% reported two or more breaches over the past year. More than 50% said they had little confidence of being able to stave off further attacks over the next 12 months.” - Jaikumar Vijayan, www.Computerworld.com

"30,000 Web Sites Hacked A Day. How Do You Host Yours?"

Are you helping the cyber criminals distribute malicious code to your customers, friends and family? In the old days cyber criminals distributed malicious code via e-mail. Today the cyber criminals mostly use websites to distribute their nasty code. On average 30,000 new websites are identified every day (source Sophos Labs) distributing malicious code to any users passing by. Many hold on to the idea that viruses are distributed from adult sites, gambling and other forms of vice but in reality the majority of these 30,000 sites are legitimate small businesses that are unwittingly distributing malicious code for the cyber criminals. You might be one of them.

Cyber criminals have automated scanning tools scouring the web looking for websites to infect to deploy their malicious code. Their target could be a personal blog, a small business website or a massive news site. Wherever there is a vulnerability they will happily capitalise on it to spread their wares.” - James Lyne, www.forbes.com

“Hacking a big danger for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to attacks because many owners believe they don’t have the time and money to invest in software programs or consulting services to make systems more secure. Many businesses are ignorant of risks they face or possible solutions, says Jeff Foresman, a consultant with Rook Security, an Indianapolis-based computer security company.” - Joyce M. Rosenberg, www.usatoday.com

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