Security: A Year in Review
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It’s that time of year again, where everyone takes a look back at the past year and decides what worked and what needs improvement. And, if you’re a hacker, you’ve got a long list to review. In fact, you were so busy this year that we blocked more than 1.3 billion of your attacks.
So, let’s take a look at 3 common security mistakes small businesses made that gave hackers such a productive year:
- Thinking a company is too small to focus on computer security: We know it seems like a company of 10 people (or less) is tiny. But, hackers are always looking for a weakness to exploit and a small company is no exception.
- Leaving websites open to SQL Injections and Cross Site Scripting: These are the two most common Web-based attacks we see on our customers’ sites. In fact, out of 11,500 small business owners’ websites we found 34% of the sites vulnerable to Cross Site Scripting issues and about 9% vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks this year. The big picture: We blocked more than 129 Million SQL injection attacks in the past year! Don’t think it can’t happen to you.
- Using weak passwords: This is one of the easiest ways to prevent a brute-force attempt, an attempt that compromises passwords, and yet it is all too often forgotten about. We even have a guide to creating strong passwords, here. This year alone we blocked more than 32 billion brute-force attempts.
You can get more information about how your site and business might be affected at Dark Reading’s Top 10 Security Mistakes SMBs Make.