Questions tagged [websites]

Applications or informational pages, distributed via HTTP or HTTPS, using a web server. Pages are typically interconnected by hyperlinks and may contain forms or even entire applications.

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I found unknown PHP code on my server. How do I de-obfuscate the code?

We've been getting a lot of noise regarding hacked PHP files here, and it's taking a lot of time to answer these questions. In many cases, they are off-topic. We've had a discussion about this on ...
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Is a website published in an obscure directory comparably secure to being placed behind a login? [duplicate]

Let's say I create a microsite for a client that contains confidential business information. We need to place this in a location the client can access, in order for them to approve for launch. If we ...
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External cross domain include script

One of my web application underwent a vulnerability assessment recently, and one of the findings is about cross domain include script. Our web app uses addthis_widget.js from AddThis to bookmark ...
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How can I safely check whether an email link leads to a malicious website?

Over the last few weeks, I've gotten several spam emails from different friends that only contained links to different websites. I would like to click on those links and see what's on the website. ...
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Defeating Browser Fingerprinting by spoofing the browser user agent and VPN

I don't want any website to identify me and to know what is my geographical location. As far as a website is concerned, I am always a new visitor who never visits it prior. If I leave the website, ...
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What is the website checking about my browser to protect the website from a DDoS?

Some sites I visit take me to a page that says roughly, "Checking your browser before accessing example.com. DDoS attack protection by CloudFlare". What exactly about my browser is being checked and ...
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Are there actions taken against websites that deliver malware?

There are serious tools and services such as Google Safe Browsing for malicious and phishing websites, and others fully dedicated to phishing websites such as Phishing.org. What is done against these ...
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Email received regarding Security flaw in website

I received an email to techsupport@websitename.com (pretty generic email) saying that there was a security flaw in my website etc. etc My initial reaction was that this was a scam. (How/why did they ...
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Should I take over a compromised website from another hacker?

A website (www.blue*****art.com) is trying to attack my server using the Shellshock vulnerability. After doing an Nmap scan on the attacking IP address, I found many open ports. It looks like the ...
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If the Charles SSL Proxy shows me sensitive data, is that data insecure/exposed?

Today I was exploring a website used for keeping track of student grades and everything related to school. Basically like a school progress tracker for your child which is used by 90% of schools in my ...
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Website security - should I hire a developer? [closed]

I'm going to create a new website with Joomla! 3. Potentially, this site will get me some money through ads but I'm a little worried about what could be done to attack it. I say a little because I'm ...
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How to validate user input

I am having a lot of trouble understanding where I as a developer can validate the data that my users send to me. Let's say for a simple example I have a web page where it has a simple form that ...
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Can websites tell whether that I am visiting them using the same device?

Assuming that I am browsing a website ( say: Amazon.com) using Private/Incognito mode, and I clear my cookies, and have VPN turn on. Will the website still be able to identify that my device has been ...
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Have a HTTP or HTTPS website?

There were some questions regarding this topic, but none of them discussed if there is some expection, and if http is just enough for some kind of websites. I've seen lot of school/high school ...
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Should I show the security answer when the user goes back to edit the field?

So when a user signs up to create an account, they are required to select select questions and enter security answers. Once they do that, they can proceed forward to a review page that shows them the ...
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What is a good way to authenticate a user to websites and applications with a smart phone?

What would be a good way to authenticate a user to authenticate to websites and applications over a smart phone? By good, I mean that it is both secure, and user-friendly. Passwords don't seem to be ...