Security

Brute force attacks: when passwords are served on a silver platter

Being constantly faced with headlines about stolen passwords, it’s understandable that many users are concerned. Your best bet is to make your passwords as complicated as possible and have them consist of many different types of characters. But even this won’t help if it’s the actual log-in area that isn’t secure enough. Even today, attackers are still successful with the notorious and simple brute force method. [...]  

Social engineering: human vulnerability exploited

The most effective system break-ins often happen without a scene. Instead of disrupting central network devices with DDoS attacks or sneaking through onto operating systems with Trojan horse techniques, hackers increasingly try to exploit the human security gap. There are various such methods that fall within the broader category of social engineering: a technique that sees hackers gather publicly available information. They then use it to attempt to trick company employees by exploiting their normal human traits, such as helpfulness or fear in order to obtain privileged information and passwords. Find out how social engineering works, and what you can do to prevent it. [...]  

Demilitarized zones: internal network protection

Companies hosting their own websites, an online shop, or e-mail inboxes should make sure to separate the corresponding server of these from the local network. This makes it possible to protect devices within the company network from hacker attacks that take place on public networks. Solid protection comes in the form of a demilitarized zone, which separates endangered systems from sensitive network areas. [...]  

Malicious software: how to recognize, remove, and prevent malware

Practically every PC user fears Trojan horses and computer viruses. Security is paramount if you are managing sensitive data or setting up a server. You need a comprehensive security concept to protect yourself against insidious malware. It’s helpful to know the different types of malicious software that exist, and how to combat and safely remove them. [...]  

Password manager – a glance at the best tools

Would you give your account number to a stranger? Most probably not. But millions of internet users may as well be giving away their personal data (and money!) when using passwords that hackers can crack in a matter of seconds. Password managers provide methods for creating and managing truly secure passwords. [...]  

Securing your server with Fail2ban

For server operators, security is of the utmost importance. Only those who have developed and set up a foolproof defense strategy are ready for drastic situations. As well as regular protection mechanisms, like security software, backups, and encryption, there are also some useful tools and frameworks that may come in handy in the fight against intruders. We have laid out essential details on the security framework, Fail2ban. [...]  

Optimal password protection: how to choose a strong password

It only takes a few seconds for a hacker to gain access to your private data without you having any idea. More often than not, a password is the only means of protection when logging into online services; and if it is too obvious, it will not prove too much of a challenge for criminals to crack. There are numerous options to increase password security. [...]  

Backing up your database

Backing up your data is a popular option for securing your database. In order to create backup copies, you need additional hardware and to install a suitable backup structure. How do you secure your own network and web server against attacks and proceed to protect your databases? [...]  

How to use SSH keys for your network connection

Operating and managing a remote server located in a data center is often carried out by using a secure network connection provided by the SSH protocol. The necessary registration on the server is preceded by an authentication process. Usually this occurs in the form of the username and password. Alternative methods such as the public key authentication used by SSH, do have their advantages. But how are these set up? [...]  

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