How to Increase a Website’s Security

One of my biggest concerns when designing a website is ensuring I’m well-informed of all the tips for improving website security. Especially today, when hackers wreck billions of dollars in damage to companies by hacking their website, cyber security is one of the most important features of a website. First, two types of cyberattacks are increasing in popularity: SQL injections and XSS. SQL injection attacks are when hackers use text input fields to gain access to and manipulate a website’s database. XSS attacks are when hackers inject malicious JavaScript into the pages of a website, changing the pages and what other users see on the website. But how can a hacker just inject malicious JavaScript into a website? says that hackers usually download a file, then alter the code. This happens when websites automatically include user input on the pages in their website. So how can I prevent attacks like this? Two free programs to boost website security are Netsparker and Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework. Netsparker tests vulnerabilities in a website that can increase the risk of attacks by SQL and XSS. Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework is a little more complex in that it displays examples of XSS attacks and allows users to find the security holes in their website. I’ll have to check out these programs when I design future websites.



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