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|03-12-2013, 04:41 PM||#22 (permalink)|
Mad Science of Paintball
Join Date: Jul 2011
Just like Google has their "spiders" running 24/7 that check links and look for new content to catalogue, hackers have scripts running constantly looking for vulnerabilities.
Post a new Wordpress blog but don't update to the absolute latest build? Whoops, one of those scripts finds it and exploits the vulnerability, sometimes even infecting the server it's hosted on. (The main reason for that particular sort of hacking.)
When somebody's blog gets "hacked", what you're seeing is really just the one successful hack out of literally thousands of attempts.
My first "real" online store was self-hosted (we had our own domain, hosted on GoDaddy or the like) and used a prebuilt store template that we modified. And we had to modify a LOT, not just for appearance and layout, but to close an endless number of security vulnerabilities that had been found between when the template was written and when we actually used it.
When your site has a method for customers/visitors to enter information (like a shopping cart, or a comments section, or a forum) there are also, inevitably, ways for clever types to enter information that can access other parts of your software as well- IE, 'hacking'.
That first store was up for over a year, and during that time, we had to patch or update at least weekly, sometimes once every couple of days. Even then, it still got taken down and the main page replaced by some jihadi site once (that's not even a joke) and twice hacked to serve/spread malware so it got blocked by Google.
My current setup isn't the greatest (high-quality domain hosting but outdated, static HTML site, old, no-frills forum hosting, quick-and-dirty generic store, etc.) but it works, and unfortunately I really don't have the time or skills to do it all up the way I'd like to.
|03-12-2013, 05:36 PM||#23 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bronson, FL
Custom work is by definition a very closed group of people for a target audience, and things like related forums and FB pages can provide enough visibility to keep one busy with custom work. But if one expands and wants to get into standards and providing other items and things of that nature you have to change that up. If your audience shifts from custom work for seasoned people and moves to anyone and everyone interested then you have to think of how are they going to find you. And websites becomes the answer.
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