Anthony Hines Jr.
July 27, 2014
Introduction Website security is incredibly important in today’s world. Users around the globe are connected to the Internet and surfing through websites 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Most individuals will hopefully have some basic knowledge in terms of protecting themselves, through their devices, to prevent web-based attacks or intrusions by those attempting to control another’s device for other means or to steal personal information to access institutions they may use, such as banks and places of employment. Article Overview
The article used for this Website Security Evaluation is one that asks the question: are general, non-technically inclined, users the reason websites are such a prime target for attacks? The article first starts off by giving a technical explanation of what happens when a user clicks “ok” after entering a particular website address. It then goes on to show the main types of web-based attacks and gives a few options on how to combat them and to better protect websites.
Main types of vulnerabilities and ways to improve security
According to the article, there are four main vulnerabilities of website security. They are path traversal, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and SQL injection (Heilmann, 2010). This evaluation will list what the top two attacks do and ways to combat them.