When you first start on the web you probably do not have any idea how many different types of websites there are out there. Well just to let you know there are many. And you might find one that strikes your interest one day. You might want to create an informational site about your favourite hobby. Or you might want to start a site that will allow you to talk to people in real time about business. No matter what you are in the mood to start, with the power of the web behind you, you will be able to make that happen.
But the one thing that you have to remember when you are starting a website is that you must keep it safe. Your users are depending on you to make sure they have a good experience while they are on your site. And when we say good experience we are not just talking about having a fun time. We are talking about having an enjoyable experience on the site without the threat of their computers becoming infected. And the only way you can do that is by realizing the threats that exist on the web. Only then will you be able to weed out the threats that might be facing you and your users.
One threat that you really have to worry about when it comes to your users is the fact that they might click on links on your site that leads them to dangerous websites. While the links might not come from you directly it is still your responsibility to make sure you try to stop them the best way that you can. If you do not then your website can become a place that is known to be infested with links that are dangerous and not worth the price of admission even if it is free.
There are several ways that you can get dangerous links on your website without you knowing about it. When most people think of this they think that we are talking about someone hacking into your website and laying the links down. While that does and can happen, that is not what we are talking about right now. We are talking about ways that are a lot simpler than that. We are talking about people using SEO techniques to make your website a landmine.
First of all, there are a lot of black hat hackers who will use an old SEO technique and go to the older comment sections of a website and lay the comments out with links. They know that people will find that page on the website due to Google indexing it based on a keyword and they will then see the link. And hopefully a good percentage of the people who see the link will click on it. Most webmasters do not look at the links that are that old and they will never know that the infected link is there. At least until someone complains about it.
Another way that the bad guys are able to get infected links on a site is through the use of redirection. They will place a good link on the site and then have the site that you land on redirect you to another webpage after a few minutes. This makes the original linked site seem innocent and the user thinks that it was something that they did to cause this problem to happen.
If you are a webmaster it is your responsibility to check on your website every now and then to make sure it is safe. And that means you also have to check the links that are appearing on your site as well.
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