The Hip Guide to Web Breaches

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An everyday web user interacts with five to ten web pages a day with many people being able to go through more. All these sites require maintenance to keep experience running smoothly. The same should be said in regards to every other aspect of a web site. However, problems arise every day that requires people attempt to discover new ways to smooth out the ride. The other side of that coin contains the people that create the bumps of dips on the internet.

Studies regarding hackers show that out of 200k personal records there have been 780 data security breaches. Out of those, 40% were businesses. Those businesses will tend to also be companies that hold thousands of people’s personal information. Making it easier for black-hat hackers to make money off their work. These studies show that security on the internet will continue to be the utmost importance for companies of all size. Regardless of the size of your business, you must take these types of incidents into consideration.

Web development tools are one of the biggest problems as well. This industry’s practices and basics have stayed mostly the same since the birth of HTML5 and other modern developing languages. These tools have not had updates or modifications since their inception. With the added benefits of libraries and new languages, these languages continue to persist and pretty much run the internet. This could end up being either a good or a bad thing.

If something tends to keep the same, they end up having more holes to patch up when the time comes. JavaScript, one of the most prominent new languages, is one the things that are being poked and prodded by hackers today. With my last article talking about Cross-site scripting, it’s at the utmost importance to keep up with what’s happening in the hacker world as a web developer. There are many ways to stay on top of the internet security world. For starters try subscribing to various news sources such as internet security tweeters, bloggers, and you Tubers. Another way is by following sources that supposedly test and develop breaches. And lastly but most importantly companies and freelancers; for instance, one that I use called checkmarx.com, these people will keep you constantly supported for new breaches being developed.

One of the ways these companies keep you from the pirates of the cyber seas is vulnerability scanning. Higher end Internet security companies create databases of website vulnerabilities and put them into a database. When you want to check if your site can withstand attacks, they run a scan on your site. The scan consists of matching code with the database to scan vulnerabilities that match with their ever-updating dictionary of code breaches. If the software finds something that matches a term in their dictionary, it tests to see if it meets the rules of that breach. Lastly, if the site ends up being breached by the test they let you know what’s wrong. Allowing you to have a safe and smooth transition into publishing your site.

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James McKenzie