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In this day and age, it is important for all websites to guard themselves and their customers from hackers. Hacker attacks happen quite frequently and can have a variety of results. One extremely worrisome result is that a hacker could wind up with a customer’s financial information and make use of it in many different ways from obtaining credit cards to making purchases or transferring of funds within an account; this is also known as identity fraud. This can happen on or offline; however, the Internet has made it extremely easy for hackers to attack unsuspecting users.
If your website requires that a user supplies any type of personal and financial information (such as to pay for a product or service), it is your responsibility as a webmaster to make your website safe and secure for these events. Many people have learned what to look for and will look closely at all areas of your website and ensure that you provide them with the best possible means of hacker prevention. Some things you can do to prevent hackers from attacking your website is to make use of an encryption service. Services like Verisign provide SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates that will allow any data that is transferred via your website to encrypt information that will help deter hackers from being able to identify what the encryption means.
By making use of SSL, you will be providing your customers with the comfort and knowledge that you are working hard to protect them and their information, as well as having their best interest at heart. Any website that sells products, services, subscriptions or has the need to gather any type of information from their customers should take website security very seriously.
Another type of security for your website is for your own personal protection, to protect the content you have within the pages of your website. The Internet is so vast and large that people have become lazy and have the need to steal another person’s work. One common word for this is website hijacking; this is the art of one person “hacking” into your website with the sole purpose of stealing all of or part of the content contained within your website without your permission. There are many ways a person could steal your content, taking text off your website and placing it on their own, such as articles or other text. Other acts include linking directly to your images; this can be done, if the hacker knows what they are doing, even if you have placed a no-right-click code within the HTML code of your website.
Some things you can do to prevent this type of infringement is to copyright your information, know the laws and how they apply to you, make use of free services such as Copyscape to identify any type of text infringement, and contact the person who copied directly. Oftentimes contacting them will help solve the problem; if not, you can contact their advertisers letting them know of the offense or write to search engines that could result in a ban.