Websites and their Security Vulnerabilities

There are many different ways that websites can be built. Some individuals and many companies rely on professional web designers to do this. Others what to go the do it yourself route. Then there are a lot of hosting companies that offer free software for the novice site builder.

No matter which method is being used for building a website, it much better to incorporate some type of security if you want to keep your site secure. Websites are vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. Some can just be annoying and do no more than slow the site down. Others can be serious viruses that actually crash the site. Or, some can take a site and have it redirect to a totally unrelated site.

A vulnerability in a website pertains to some weak area within the site that leaves itself open for an attack by hackers.

Some of the vulnerabilities include:

  • The code becomes corrupted. Hackers will put in their own code. Their code may create spam. Or it could even be done in such a way that it can steal personal information of visitors to the site who have submitted their private data.
  • Targeting Visitors. Another form of attack is on visitors to the site. The hacker is able to gather information about the visitors then use it for their own purposes.
  • Contaminating the Server. A hacker can use code to affect the server that the website is being hosted on.
  • File corruption. Once a hacker gets access to a site, they may be able to disrupt any of the site files.

The concerning thing about these types of actions is that they can be taking place and the site owner is not aware of it in the first instance. A lot of damage can be done before it becomes evident that a site has been hacked.