A lot of the time, when people think of software getting hacked, they think of software that is produced by one of the big companies out there. They are usually thinking that the bad guys online do not have enough time to go after the smaller software companies. So to be able to get as many people as they can catch in their web they will only go after the bigger software companies. And for the most part this is true. The black hat hackers out there want to catch as many fish in the net as possible so they will go after the big time software vendors. But you have to remember that there are plenty of black hat hackers out there and that they know that there are a lot of people who are after the same target. So what do you do if you are a black hat hacker who is trying to get his name out there? Or what do you do if you are a black hat hacker who is trying to bypass all of the competition? To make it easier on yourself you go after the smaller programs that are out there. The programs that no one else is going to go after.
And that means if you are a small time software programmer that you have to be careful. You have to remember that the bad guys are going to be gunning after you as well as the bigger software companies that are out there. You cannot think that someone else is not going to try and hack your software just because it is small. Like we said earlier in the article, this actually makes you and your software more attractive to some of the newer black hat hackers that are on the net. They know that you might not have the resources or the proper know how to be able to secure your application the right way. So they want to be able to go after a soft target like you to be able to make a name for themselves.
So to keep this from happening to you, you should make sure that you are ready to defend yourself and the software that you created. First of all you have to make sure that you know everything about your platform when it comes to security. That means learn the safe and secure practices for the programming language that you are using. Once you are able to learn that, you will have most of your problems solved right away.
Also make sure that if you have any sensitive information stored in the binary itself, for example a password that allows it to access some server somewhere, then you have to make sure that it is encrypted and that no one that is sniffing around will be able to get to it. This is a common technique that is used by programmers and the black hat hackers that are out there know that as well.
For the most part, you have to be sure that you are as careful as you can be when you are creating a program. It does not matter if you are a big company or just a small time programmer; if you are not careful then it will be your program that is causing your customers’ problems.