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Defacement Monitoring – Little Known Secret For Combating Hack Attacks

Defacement monitoring is a service that recognizes attacks on websites, whereby nefarious individuals attempt to change a website’s content. The intent of defacement is usually to change graphics, vandalize content or intercept information. Defacement monitoring can prevent far reaching consequences and “pharming” of potential customers.

The defacement individual will often times leave a “calling card” with their user name or pseudonym. Many times the individuals who deface websites do so for notoriety or for cheap thrills. It is no coincidence that defacement activities and similar activities increases during the summer time. At a time when young adults should be outside enjoying the weather, some of them use their free time to break into websites.

The severity of website defacement can vary between mild cases in which the perpetrator posts a message bragging about the break-in or in some other way mocking the system administrator for allowing the break-in to occur. Other more severe cases involve website defacement in which the perpetrator uploads malware.

This new Internet threat is on the rise, due to missing code in programming or under-utilized patches, but many companies are not yet aware of the problem. There are many providers of defacement monitoring services. One such company is ChangeDetect. The services offered by ChangeDetect provide straight forward and simple prevention tools.

A monitoring service will observe and report suspicious activity to authorized personnel. Defacement monitoring services all allow web content owners to offer more security and peace of mind to their product and services consumers. An active defacement monitor can debunk attempts at “pharming”, where legitimate customers are redirected to spoof or fake websites that pose as the official website.

If not subscribed to a defacement monitoring service, the subscribers of an online publisher could be exposed to identity theft or be at risk of unauthorized financial transactions. Customers may also be misled as to the service or product actually provided. Worst of all, customers may be exposed to offensive or misleading information that affects a company’s reputation and credibility.

Defacement monitoring also allows large companies to monitor and prevent unauthorized changes by employees. Control over what one is putting on the World Wide Web is too often taken for granted by company managers.

Without making an analysis of why employees may change data on a website, it is an easy proposition to accept that it happens. Defacement monitoring provides the heads-up necessary to conduct damage control if an insider attempts to derail the true intent of your website. A simple web search of potential monitoring providers is all that is required. By reviewing the services provided, one can make an educated decision about what the best value in free and paid services.

Although no software is a replacement for employing competent and diligent Information Technology staff, the small bit of protection provided by defacement monitoring services can save a lot of time, money and headaches in the long run for any business looking to reach out to its customers via the Internet. Visit ChangeDetect.com sign up for a defacement monitoring service – http://www.changedetect.com/ (free information).

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