3 common website attacks and how to protect yourself


Phoenix, AZ, USA – The unfortunate reality of having a website, no matter its size or scope, is that it can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks if you don’t take the right precautions. Website security should not be neglected or put on the back burner. To put it in perspective, today, we’ll go through 3 common cyber attacks and how you can prevent them from happening to you.

1. Man-in-the-middle attacks

A man-in-the-middle attack (MTM) involves a malicious actor who secretly inserts themselves in the middle of communications between two parties, such as a server and a browser. By doing this, the perpetrator can potentially steal personal data, such as credit card numbers and login details, or even alter the communications between the two parties. If you want to prevent this from happening to you or your users, buy an SSL certificate for your site. SSL prevents MTM attacks by encrypting communications between the server where it’s installed and web browsers connecting to the site.

2. Cross-site scripting (XSS)

XSS is a type of cyber attack in which the attacker injects a malicious script (often Javascript) into web pages to attack browser users. By doing this, attackers can potentially change the page’s content, redirect the page to another one, or steal session cookies and tokens. Prevent XSS attacks by keeping all of your website software up-to-date, using a web application firewall, and being very careful with who can access input data fields, such as posting comments.

3. DDoS attacks

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack involves purposefully flooding a server, network, or service with fake traffic in order to disrupt network resources or a website’s service. When a website or service becomes overwhelmed by traffic that it can’t handle, it may either become slow or be taken offline entirely. DDoS attacks are carried out by a network of interconnected computers known as a botnet. Each computer on a botnet is infected by malware that forces it to participate in these attacks. Prevent yourself from becoming a victim of such an attack by implementing a web application firewall or a content delivery network (CDN).

Conclusion

Cyber attacks are depressingly common, but by taking a few preventative measures, you can stop yourself and your website users from becoming victims. Before launching your website, ensure your security affairs are in order by installing an SSL certificate, updating all your website software, getting a good web application firewall, and potentially a CDN.

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