Sep
22nd

How Do Hackers Get In?

Filed under Server Security | Posted by Gary

The most common ways that unauthorised persons gain access to your web site and/or hosting account are:

  • Weak Passwords – If you use simple, plain english passwords then you are an easy target.
  • Script vulnerabilities – These are generally ‘back doors’ that are caused by insecure programming code.

Passwords are entirely within your control. You can choose to use weak passwords or you can choose to use strong passwords. Many people use weak passwords because they want something that is easy to remember. If remembering passwords is a problem, then I would strongly suggest you use Roboform. Roboform can not only store all your passwords securely (they are encrypted when stored) but can also generate good, strong passwords for you at the click of a button. You can also easily back up the Roboform files that contain your username and passwords.

Script vulnerabilities are a lot more difficult to keep track of. New bugs and issues that allow unauthorised access are found each day in hundreds of different scripts and programs. In this case you should exercise due diligence. Do a search for the program name before you buy it and add ‘security problem’ in the search term … like ‘some_script security problem’. Taking a few minutes to check whether there are any known and/or makor security issues can save you a lot of stress in the long term. Most professional scripts and many open source scripts have regular updates and patches are often released to plug any known holes. It is in your interest to stay informed of these types of issues.

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