Challenges that Web Security Face in the current Computing Era

Web hosting is not a simple matter but rather, it involves multiple technologies that operate in many server machines. The amount of security problems on the Web is constantly increasing. However, they tend to lean in some particular categories. Attackers are focused on Web hosts and websites for different reasons. It is these reasons  which determines  the kind of  actions  which they decide to do  on  the Websites  as  well as  other security problems  of the Web  hosts (Stuart, and Scambray, 2000).

Some of the challenges of Web security in this computing error include

Fraud

 Hackers and thieves target websites for information, which they use on committing fraud and other related activities. This may consist of redid card fraud and theft on identity. Confidential information that is stored on servers that are operated by Web hosts may be purposeful stolen by these Web host or employees for use in other interests.  This has happened in many organizations.

 Theft of Password

            Many of the websites store passwords on their users   on their databases alongside other confidential information. Such information may then be used by hackers in obtaining   the password information, which they then use to log into the accounts of the users, the chance of an account being breached increases especially when a user’s password is weak (Smich, 2010, 1).

DDoS

 Another challenge, which the web security is facing in this computing error, is the distributed Denial service (DDos). These hinder the website services through overloading the servers with overwhelming requests from the users. In particular, DDoS is where “botnets” and “rings” are used with numerous computers sending multiple requests at the same time to a particular Website server. In this situation, the server becomes overwhelmed by the large number of requests and thus, dramatically slowing down or halting the regular access by users. If the server or servers are compromised in this manner, it creates opportunity for future attacks and hacking. In most cases, DDos attack consists of a group of workers as compared to a single individual (Bruce, 2000, 245).

Malicious Programs

The same way as office or household PCs could be affected by malware so is web servers. In essence, Web servers include computers with server software as well as other technologies that run on them. These servers also get attacked by malicious software in similar way to a computer. This malicious software may be designated to do various things   such as stealing data, or simply damaging the functionality of the website on a particular server. This malicious software may also be used to retrieve information entered by users when signing up for website related services (Smich, 2010, 2).

Security Weaknesses in Web Browsers

Most Web browsers have both design issues and  a number of  weaknesses.  The severity of these issues may be heighted  by the frequency  of the updates  provided  in resolving  security  and other issues  as well as the tightness of the browser  to the operating system or whether the  web browser  is also utilized for other  functions  such downloading or installing software (Bruce, 2000,117).