December 1, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Happy December! So many of you personally e-mailed me to share your sympathy and condolences for the loss of my mother, and I am truly touched. Your e-mails meant a lot to me and I appreciate each and every one of you. It always gives me great comfort to know that there is such a wonderful community of people here to support one another in times of tech support and even personal support. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's tackle this week's topic from Edmund who would like to know how he can better protect his Web site from cyberintruders.
Well folks, this week we only received a little over a dozen submissions from our members, so I'm calling on all of you who host and run your own Web sites, or use a third-party Web hosting service, to join in this week's discussion about this topic and help our member Edmund and others who have Web site concerns by offering some more sound advice on things they can do to protect their Web sites. Even if you only have a recommendation on a reliable and secure Web hosting service that you personally use, chime in and let us know whom they are and how you like them. To kick off this discussion, I have this week's winning answer from Alexandre, who gives us a few security pointers when hosting your own Web site. Thanks everyone, and I look forward to your participation and advice. Have a great weekend!
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I just recently set up my Web site for my business. And from hearing many horror stories on how hackers maliciously take down or vandalize Web sites randomly for the purpose of having fun, paranoia has set in and I am very concerned for my own Website. I know many of you members have personal or business Web sites out there, and what I would really like to learn is what are the necessary steps and methods that I personally can take to prevent my Web site from being intruded upon by hackers? All recommendations or suggestions are appreciated.
Hi! Hackers really are a big concern when we talk about business Web sites. There are some tips that you can follow to try to avoid this problem. The first thing you should have is a daily backup of your Web site, keeping the last seven (or more, if possible) backup sets stored in a different machine. Usually these vandals change the main page of your Web site just to show off, and you can notice it fast, but sometimes they change some internal page and you just won't notice until later or some of your Web site's visitors warn you. This rule applies to the database too, if your Web site uses one. You never know when a disaster will happen.
Have a very restrictive firewall. Just close all the ports that you don't have a use for. A network administrator will help you with that. Sometimes there are some holes in the operating system's security that hackers love to exploit. A golden rule: Close all ports and open only the needed ones. But be careful to not block your database connection or something like that...
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