The Perils of Website Hacking

The Perils of Website Hacking

Extreme Tech Geek skills are no longer required in order to hack websites. Nowadays you can make use of conventional search tools to plan an attack on an unsuspecting website with little effort.

A website holds great importance in exposing more customers to your products but it also attracts hackers who can corrupt your site for their own purposes. Your online reputation faces a great threat if not enough care is taken in securing your website from these malicious users and attacks.

Once a website goes live most developers think that the long haul of coding is over but sometimes the problem begins after the website is published. When aspects of your website change from what was previously there or if your login panel no longer works you have most likely been hacked.

Hackers break into websites through password protected sections of the site and can change aspects of it, enter their material into it or change these protection passwords. Most websites do not get hacked, the ones that do generally have a weakness in the website coding, in the server that hosts the website or in PC security.

You may think that your website is not worth being hacked or due to the unlikelihood of it being hacked it won’t be. However, websites are compromised all the time. A majority of Hackers do not intend to steal data lying in your website but rather use your email server as a relay for spam, set up a temporary web server or upload files of an illegal nature.  Hacks are performed by automated scripts written to identify website security issues in software and exploit these for malicious use.

Some Security Tips

1# Keep all software up to date including your server operating system and website software.

2# Beef up your passwords by picking strong and complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols.

3# Keep an eye on which other websites your site links to as ‘open directs’ are a major cause for attacks through browsers.

4# Always use FTP transfers for your website.

5# Choose a secure hosting service that limits user access to strict permissions.

6# Be careful with how much information you give away in your error messages. For example, use generic messages so that if a person fails to login, information about how much of their query was correct is not given away.

7# Be careful what files are uploaded onto your website by other users as there may be malicious code hidden in these files.

8# Test your site through free website security tools that are available online. They work on the same basic tools and scripts that Hackers will use to exploit your website. You can use free tools like Netsparker and Websecurify