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How To Protect Website From Defacement

Every website that exists in today’s digital World represents some particular business. Each website is the face of that specific business. Visitors find the image of business by their website and the marketing analogies (didn’t discuss here). Website defacement is an attack where the hacker changes the visual appearance of the website.

When the website is hacked or defaced all the business suffers. This suffer could include loss of sale, rank or reputation or anything that is related to that business. The visitors lose trust on that particular websites and don’t find it suitable to invest in that business (website).

How website is defaced?

The website defacement occurs when the website is hacked by someone. Though, there are many ways to hack or deface the website but the simplest way to hack a website is by SQL Injection. By the help of SQL Injection attack, the hacker takes control of the administrator’s account and deliberately change the admin settings. To deface the website, the hacker changes the index.html file to whatever the hacker wants to display on the website main page. The defaced page totally ruins the website image.

If the hacker gains access to the web server then its too bad for the business or businesses because the hacker has now the root access of the server where more than one website is hosted. The hacker can either deface all the websites by replacing the index file with their own page (code) or can give mass damage in a sense that hacker can delete all the databases and website files.

To prevent such defacement, developer has to make the security up to date and should update all the firewalls and security walls. If the website is based on SQL then developer has to make the code secure as described in our previous blog.

How to secure against website defacement?

If you are willing to protect your website against such threats then Nagios Log Server is the most powerful and trusted IT log analysis tool. Nagios provides complete monitoring of websites, web applications, web transactions, and web services – including availability, URL monitoring, HTTP status, content monitoring, hijack detection, and more.

Beside Nagios, CimTrak can help by monitoring your websites files. This tool will immediately respond to you when certain changes occur to your website. This can automatically revert changes to ensure that your site’s content can not change unless you need it to.

Cim Track helps users in following ways:

  • Stop website hacks
  • Stop website defacement
  • Stop unauthorized changes
  • Gain complete visibility into all changes to your site

About Kamran Mohsin

Kamran Mohsin
Kamran Mohsin is a Certified Ethical Hacker. Currently working as a Penetration Tester within a private company in Pakistan. He is also doing Masters in information Security. He worked in web development (front-back-end) from recent back years. With the passage of time he took interest in Hacking and started to write blogs on IS from late 2015.

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