Security

Social engineering – the security gap at ‘layer 8’

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 [...]   

Using 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 [...]   

General Data Protection Regulation: New rules for businesses

On 25 May 2018 a new European law on data protection will take effect. However, many companies and website operators are unprepared for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite it being relevant to their day-to-day business. On top of this, high fines will be imposed for those violating the regulations. Here we summarize everything worth knowing on the new EU GDPR for [...]   

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check, [...]   

Man-in-the-middle attack: an overview of attack patterns

A man-in-the-middle attack is a deceitful espionage attack which aims to listen, record, or manipulate sensitive data being sent between unsuspecting internet users. To do this, hackers rely on methods that enable them to position themselves, unnoticed, between two or more computers communicating with one another. We introduce you to some well-known attack patterns and countermeasures that can be [...]   

HSTS: Reliably secure your HTTPS connections

HTTPS, the network protocol for TLS-encrypted data transfer online can be circumvented in some cases. The danger is that encrypted websites can be accessed via unencrypted HTTP. But the HTTPS extension HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) forces website access via TLS encryption, closing the security gaps that hackers like to use to intercept the HTTPS connection during transport using [...]   

SSL stripping – how to protect your web project

Data transmission via SSL/TLS is one of the most effective means to give a web project more security. Even before packets are sent, powerful algorithms ensure the encryption of the information. If third parties capture the data on the transmission path, the true content remains hidden from them. However, it becomes problematic if attackers are active with their tools, even before the encryption [...]   

How do I convert my site to SSL and HTTPS?

The topic of data security is becoming increasingly important for both private users as well as in the business world. As a website owner, you should take all the necessary precautions to ensure that a visit to your site is as secure as possible. Converting from HTTP to HTTPS or SSL is an important step in securing your website and gaining your customers’ trust.   

What is cybersecurity? The current dangers

More and more dangers are creeping into the digital world. So it is no surprise that the issue of cybersecurity is gaining more and more weight and is taking a leading role in the fight against cybercrime. But how can you protect yourself from dangers on the network? And what is the current state in the US? We provide you with an overview of this.    

Tips for better website security

Would you leave your window open at night if you knew there were intruders lurking about? Obviously the answer to this question is ‘no’. Many companies and individuals leave their virtual window open to cyber criminals by not adequately protecting their websites. Website security is an extremely important topic. Only by regularly carrying out security checks and following the proper precautions [...]