Online Legal Protection

Online Legal Protection

Online Legal ProtectionProtecting Your Website from hackers is crucial – not only for the security of your business, but also for the security of your customer’s personal information.

Hackers know how to break into a website, so to speak, and literally take control of it, and you have to know how to protect yourself, and your customers, from such actions.

Aside from really messing up your site, the most dangerous thing is that hackers can implement viruses that your customers are infected by when they visit your site, and they can take control of your email to send out viruses and spam. Both of these actions can make you liable, if you aren’t careful.

Start by removing any unnecessary files from your server. Even if the files are not viewable on your website, search engines can still find them and index them.

That leaves these unused files open to exploitation. Make sure that you are not removing any needed files, and make backups of those files before you delete them.

Keep your other files up to date. This is especially important for script or program files. Just like operating systems, the creators of these programs and scripts often update them to work out bugs and close security holes.

Failing to keep your copy up to date is an invitation to be hacked.

Use a robots.txt file on your server. This file can be used to tell search engines not to index certain files, and also not to index images. Images can be searched for, specifically, and this makes it easy for someone else to steal your images.

If you have databases, scripts, or any other sensitive file, it can and should be password protected. Make sure that you are using passwords that are not easy to crack.

Files such as these are the ones that hackers really like, so make sure that yours are protected with a strong password.

Don’t think that using the script that prevents right clicking on your page will protect your content. It won’t. People are getting smarter, and they can just as easily go to their browser window, select edit > select all and then edit > copy and capture everything on your page.

Instead, use a script that hides your source code completely. Even better than that, use style sheets for your HTML. If you left click on each file on your server, you will be presented with the CHMOD option.

This enables you to set permissions on each file, and it is important that you do so. You can check with your web host or web developer to find out how the permissions should be set.

The options are read, write, and read – write. This allows some people to only read the file, while others have the option of reading and writing to the file. Note that changing these permissions may have an adverse effect on some scripts or programs.

Protecting your sites email is extremely important. As a business owner, you probably have opt-in forms and feedback forms on your website. If you ever receive a strange message from your feedback form, be on the lookout for spammers.

It is best to use a script that hides your email address, or to use an image for email, instead of an actual linked email address.

These two methods will help to prevent spam software from collecting the email address. As netizens, we put our email addresses out there in a lot of ways – and many times, we don’t even realize that we are doing so. We sign guest books,
participate in forums and newsgroups, and of course we advertise.

First, start using a throw away email account, such as a Yahoo account. Failing that, don’t put your email address as Instead, use you at your

Make sure that you change the password to your control panel often – at least once every thirty days is recommended. You should also password any folder that contains set up files, if possible.

Some applications won’t work if the setup files are in a password protected folder, but since most applications no longer use the setup files, once the application is set up, this can work – and it does protect your website.

Is Telnet available for your site? If so, turn it off. Most hackers use Telnet to connect to what they want to connect to, and to do their dirty deeds – and by leaving Telnet turned on, you are inviting them to do so. Be sure to ask your web host whether or not you have Telnet, and if so, how to turn it off.

Make sure that your scripts are running from the right directory. You will find that most CGI scripts, Perl Scripts, and PHP scripts are meant to run from the CGI-Bin. This is because the CGI-Bin offers protection from hacks.

Failure to protect your website from spammers and hackers can have incredibly bad results for you. Your site could be shut down. It could be blacklisted. The entire server could get blacklisted as well. Hackers may steal valuable information from your site. Repairing the damage will cost you in terms of time, and possibly in money.

Spammers can use your website to send mail bombs from your domain, to send spam from your domain, and to steal passwords and other private or sensitive information. Always make sure that you are doing everything that you can to protect your website.

Regards, Coyalita

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