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Mobile Devices Users Everywhere Are Realizing the Implications of Their Lax Security

Between the exorbitant financial losses, expensive legal or regulatory infractions, and shameful reputation damages, businesses paid a whopping average of $7.2 million per data breach, according to computer security firm Symantec. Across the country, mobile device users are realizing how mistaken they were to be so lax about their security. Everyone, from medical professionals to politicians to social media addicts to small businesses to everyday smartphone users, are suddenly feeling the potential impact of security breaches and data losses, and looking for appropriate solutions. Over 80% of pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals routinely access sensitive records while mobile, according to a report in Medical News Today. Of that 80%, the vast majority (90%) use free file-sharing services, which do no have the adequate security necessary to access such sensitive documents. This puts these medical professionals at risk of breaking HIPAA codes, which would lead to serious infractions. In addition the medical industry, the federal government is also incredibly vulnerable. According to a study titled "2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between," almost half of government employees who rely on their mobile devices aren't practicing several essential security protocols. The security issues don't stop with professional industries either. Recently, a...
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Learn How Hackers Find Security Vulnerabilities. Web Application Security

In the last couple of months there were a lot of treads related to web and application security, many government websites were hacked. The list of big company websites that were under attack is lengthy, but I will just mention few – Sony, Nintendo, Sega and there were so many treads for Facebook, so even biggest names in the business can be vulnerable to hackers. Nobody is 100% assured that even managing low to mid-profile website will not become a target to hackers. I’ve seen many times small websites of my customers being attacked and once spotted; hackers become persistent and try over and over again.  Recommended practice - close all potential security holes and even pay some extra money for DDoS attack protection. Today’s web is so complicated and more often web developers are developing website with cross-site scripting which open many doors like privilege elevation tricks, database injection, cookie exploits, Ajax vulnerabilities and more. Learning all about web security requires a lot of reading – book, forums, security guides and of course constant communication with other web developers. If you website is based on some of the top CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, most likely community will take...
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