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Online Dangers – Outsourcing Website Development

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Beware Outsourcing Website Development.

It is quite common to find emails sent by people offering to make a website for you. Such web development services need to be thoroughly scrutinized before you can rely on their honesty and services. In recent times, several emails originating with Chinese domain extensions have been received by thousands of people across the globe. It is important to understand the dangers of using such services, we explain the issue in more detail below.

A person named XYZ hires a web company named ABC123web (all names are imaginary) to make his website. ABC123web prepares a complete website that also allows online purchases to be made. Once the project is completed, XYZ is given all access to the website by ABC123web. What XYZ is not aware of is that, the website access login details are known to ABC123web.

Such a situation is dangerous as ABC123web can effectively control and access everything on the website made for XYZ. By inserting a small code in the website pages, it is possible to get full information regarding the traffic, ranking and even the sales figures of the website owned by XYZ. It is important that XYZ changes all login details including passwords once the website is handed over to him.

A nasty case of the dangers of outsourcing website development came to light in recent months. A small company hired a consultant to develop it’s website. Towards the end of the project, a problem developed between the company and the consultant. Unfortunately the consultant still held the access details to the website, the customer never cared to re-initialize the details. The consultant hacked into the website of the company through a remote connection. He then uploaded various junk pages and junk (even obscene) images to the website. It was only a few months later that the company could put things together again.

If you are interested in outsouring your web development activities, make sure that you choose the right provider. Check for past projects, call up those clients and take their opinion too. Small web developers have little control over their staff. Even disgruntled junior staff can do damage to the websites that they have access to.

It is also possible for the developer to include a small code into the website source. This code can provide valuable information regarding the performance of your website to the developer. This information can continue to flow out even after the site is completed and handed over to you.

Keep this report in mind and also encourage your friends and acquaintances to read this write up.


Remote Configuration Of A Router, Important Cautions

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Important Issue For Non Technical Computer Users. 
A router that is the wired type or wireless type needs to be configured. The configuration of a router can be done on a locally attached computer or you could remotely manage the router configuration through any computer connected to the network or even through the internet. If you are a technically minded computer user, this remote configuration of local configuration of the router would be easy.

But, if you know little about the technical aspects of how to configure a router remotely, the best thing would be to disable the remote management module. This is because a router that is not well configured for being managed remotely, could be accessed by anyone across the network or even across the internet. The router is in most cases a firewall too, anyone with access to the router configuration could set a configuration that compromises your online and network security.

If you would still like to remotely manage your router despite having scant technical knowledge, take the help of a trusted technically skilled person to configure the remote management module for you. Trusted because, remember that he could always keep a loophole that allows him to remotely access your router and network whenever he pleases !!!! The best thing to do would be to read the manual, jump to the section on remote management of the router and disable the function. It would be be safe to take technical help in  learning how to disable the remote management feature of your router.