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Making Sure Your Online Accounts Are Not Hacked

By Rayne McAdams

The biggest problem facing computer users today is the threat of hackers, and would be hackers trying to access our websites. Nobody is immune to these pests. In fact the higher the profile, the more somebody will try to hack your site. Hackers have even tried to hack the U.S. Government websites before now.

The Spanish Governments Official website for the EU presidency was said to be victim of a high profile hacking incident. Hackers managed to access the site and place a picture of Mr. Bean on the site for everybody to see. So can we prevent hackers from getting onto our sites?

You could choose to browse the Internet with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead of the more popular Internet Explorer. This is because Internet Explorer is apparently more vulnerable to hacking attacks than the other two browsers.

Regularly change your passwords for your websites. Weekly password changes should be sufficient to prevent unwanted attacks. You could also use a combination of capital letters, numbers, lower case letters and symbols for your passwords. This can make it harder for the hackers to crack your password.

When running SQL scripts always escape the variable data, thus returning log in information back to your system.

With open sources such as Movable type or Word press the hackers can always come up with a good guess as to where the log in screen is. Some of the codes for these open sources have potholes that can be exploited by hackers.

With data being sent back and forth on your computer it can be easy for hackers to trace it. Try to protect your websites by encrypting them with SSL.

Firewalls should be kept on at all times. Always have up to date Anti Virus software, and always scan your computer regularly.

Letting other people use your computer is also a security risk. It is possible that hackers are sometimes people we already know.

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McAdams, Rayne "Making Sure Your Online Accounts Are Not Hacked." Making Sure Your Online Accounts Are Not Hacked. 25 Jun. 2010. 24 Aug 2015 <>.

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