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It’s happened the world over, to small and large, to super secure and unsecured, to tiny obscure sites and the absolute cream of the crop.

NASA, The DOD, Microsoft, the New York Times, have this in common.

They’ve all been hacked. It’s big business, and even if the hacker makes no profit, it was just good fun for the hacker, its a pain in the neck.

Strange, ironic, Google’s blog had a hacking incident just days after their post telling about their good security was published.

A security flaw permitted it to happen to Adwords in April of this very year, allowing a malicious file to be installed into adwords users systems to retrieve their passwords and some personal information

In the Internet savvy world we live in, where everything can be bought on the web for a price, hacking those sites who may have personal information or credit cards is a huge business worth a fortune.

Small sites, even those which sometimes sell things, tend to rely on a thing that we used to term, security by obscurity.
What it meant was that since they were small, and a faceless nonentity, they just assumed that the site was safe because no one really noticed it, it wasn’t that big and it wasn’t a real target.

Up to a point that’s true, but even one credit card number, even one flaw that lets someone use your site to do something somewhere else, is just one too many when its used in a detrimental way.

Your best defense against the hackers and script kiddies of the world is to find a way to defend yourself, not to hide.

While there are some superb software’s out there guaranteed to defend you, and you certainly should use one of them, one of the best defenses that you are going to have is plain old common sense.

About fifty percent of the hacks today are accomplished using something called social engineering.
One very popular bumper sticker among the geeks of the world says, “become a social engineer, because there is no patch for human stupidity”.

Sadly enough that seems to be true. If you don’t know someone, at least a minimal knowledge, including having their real phone number, and their real address, don’t pass along your web site login information.

That’s common sense right? But it would amaze you how many people meet someone, either online or offline, and pass along their login information, and let the person store files with them, which may or may not be illegal files.

Just a few common sense rules are going to help you get through your Internet experience without big incidents.
IF you sell on your site, make sure you know about the software you are using and check it out for security flaws.

Limit the permission to your site to people who need it, those who work for you or who you know reasonably well, whose personal information you have, and have tested it to be sure its real.

Know how to maintain your own servers and email servers. Having a knowledge of your own equipment will help a lot.

Keep close track of your logs. Don’t check them monthly or expect someone else to do it for you, unless that someone is your assistant. Check them every few days and pay close attention for strange activities there.

ALWAYS back up your site on a regular basis.

Keep all blog and forum site software updated and check for security holes. Software’s such as this are the very best way to enter a site.

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