This post is specially for computer programmers, coders and computer geeks.
Majority of web hosting companies do little when your website gets compromised. They will only tell you to leave when your hosting space gets bugged. You alone are responsible for your data. Use of open source software brings vulnerabilities in scripts which can be used by hackers who can bypass security measures implemented by you and your web host and access your website information. Hackers can inject scripts in your website directory and by using those scripts they can access your files, edit/delete them if they want. I used a good web host in near past, and they told me to leave, take my data and find any other web host. Only few web hosts will actually protect you by assisting you in eliminating the dangerous scripts if your website has any. Dreamhost is web hosting company I have been using for my websites and it feels like home with them. They alert the customers if a vulnerability is found in their web space.
Unfortunately, technological advancement has brought with it increased security issues. An alarming amount of identity theft is being conducted globally, resulting in sensitive data being stolen and even financial accounts being accessed. The ingenuity of cyber criminals and hackers seems to keep pace with the evolving security measures implemented by organizations and built into computers, laptops and phones. Here are a few ways to safeguard your privacy.
Password complexity is important because it makes password strong. A strong password takes 1.8 million years to be hacked if hacker use brute force attacks. For brute force attacks, assuming 10,000 password attempts per second, the length and character set of the passwords can make a big difference. You should use atleast 9 characters long password containing uppercase, lowercase, digits and punctuation. That password will be so strong that it can not be hacked in one million years of continuous brute force attempts according to the following table.
A worm that spreads through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without the latest security updates is posing a growing threat to users. The malicious program, known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido was first discovered in October 2008. Users should have up-to-date anti-virus software.
Is your website secure? XSS attacks (Cross Site Scripting) provides hackers access to your website content and database. If web applications are not secure, then your entire database of sensitive information is at serious risk. Hackers are on the lookout for Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in YOUR web applications. Shopping carts, forms, login pages, dynamic content are easy targets. Beat them to it and scan your web applications with Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner: