Got Hacked? – How to Protect Your Site From Being Used for Identity Theft?

Posted by Minal Pithia

Tue, Oct 06, 2009

As an Incident Response Analyst at BrandProtect I communicate with ISP's, registrars and domain owners on a daily basis. Recently, I spoke with an aggravated website owner who said to me "I don't understand why my site has been repeatedly hacked, I changed my passwords, deleted the fraudulent folders and my hosting company is no help". Many frustrated website owners experience the same thing. They don't understand why they keep getting hacked. If you leave doors open to your site, it's very easy for, perpetrators to get in. The key to protecting your site is to maintain it and make sure security always comes first. A website is like your home-it's your virtual space. You should invest in secure doors and locks. It's mind boggling to see the number of sites that get hacked. Nowadays, creating your own website or blog is simple and inexpensive; unfortunately people are avoiding taking various security measures.
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Topics: Identity Theft, hackers, identity theft prevention

Password Security – Sing a Song, Save Some Stress

Posted by Dylan Sachs

Wed, Sep 09, 2009

Like most of you, I've had many different passwords I have had to remember over the years. Some professional (network, servers, applications), and some personal (facebook, twitter, online banking).  Up until about a year ago, I thought I had a fairly secure system for managing my passwords for all these different things: I had 3 different passwords memorized, and would pick one at random. Each one was fairly complex (letters and numbers), but none would stand up to a brute-force or dictionary attack.  The downside to this method is that when I would go back to a site I haven't visited in a while, I would have to guess which password I used - not so handy, but manageable when there are only 3 options.  In some cases, I would have to modify one of them to meet required password complexity rules, such as including a non-alpha character, which would only serve to confuse me more (and often resulted in clicking the "Forgotten Password" link).

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Topics: Identity Theft, password protection, password security, identity theft prevention

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