Some wonder why, would I EVER need to invest into security. Whether it be financial security, or personal. The answer is yes, as well with qualifier questions to determine the rational for your Internet presence whether it’s a website, or your accounts whether it be online or real world.
On the explanation of why with dependent questions. Is the fact, the quantity of things that must be secured.
Keep in mind, there are hack attacks, website defacements daily by unknown individuals (anonymous or a person(s) with a grudge)
CainTech Services clientele has incurred roughly 100 domains, with half that amount being websites with hosting accounts. In the month of August 2014 there has been roughly 600 attacks from August 1st- August 21 2014, of these 600 attacks. the originating attackers came from 120-130 locations. To be transparent these attacks by locations could be less then actually reported. The cause of why it could be less then the official paper result is there are ways to fake your location online. This is called spoofing.
The above screenshots are of email notifications of website lockout attempts. The Attempts are locked out when they meet the listed criteria
The criteria being:
Site Lockouts (incorrect password, username, email, account information) above 3 previously recorded lockouts results in a permanent ban by originating IP address. Permanent Bans last for 1 week.
What constitutes a Lockout is shown in the screenshot.
With this in mind, over the past year CainTech Services accumulated 1 year’s worth of site lockouts (600 lockouts x 12 months = 7200 estimated lockouts) There is 5,020 Site Lockout Notification emails since August 2012, in short this describes the gravity of how often hack attacks occur.
A typical email appears like this:
The reasoning behind a hack attack can be multitude of things, presently, it is created by a bot scanning for vulnerabilities across a wide spectrum of hosting servers. (Servers are where websites live on the Internet) When a website says hello in response. The bot, will then attempt to muscle the website by subtly repeating commonly known phrases or words, (passwords, usernames etc) when the bot finds a way in. The same way, an ant would into a house. It explores, then reports back to home. With this occurring, the real attack can begin by discovering the now defenseless/exploited website for what it holds.
CainTech Services prevents these occurrences by creating lockouts for extended periods, as well an additional blacklist shared between all clientele websites. With the addition of a human curated, blacklist the security comes full circle.
The question becomes, do you need a secured online presence? If you were hacked would it damage your reputation, or that of your business? Are you just precautions in life? Is there monetary losses if you were to be hacked? These questions should matter the most to you.