Creating Waves of Awareness
This Warning comes from Dr Navneet Bidani
Dear fellow homoeopaths,
Now a days skeptics are once again against homoeopathy and this time they have started a cyber-attack. It has been observed that numbers of websites who directly or indirectly popularize homoeopathy are being hacked.
Recently a list of well known homoeopathic sites that have recently been hacked.
Why I and my homoeopath friends believe this to have been malicious and targeted homoeopathy is because in number of health sites it affected particularly the homoeopathic pages and the definitive 'Homoeopathy' page was illegally removed entirely from some health sites! No random attack, designed to infiltrate a virus around the web, would have done this specific action and homoeopathy has been the target of venomous and rabid attacks in recent times. Veterinary homoeopathy is also currently under concerted attack with unscientific ranting and manipulative behind-the-scenes politics. Nothing would please certain people more than to have homoeopathy disappear completely and that is clearly their eventual intent.
If our suspicions are correct, this is the work of some sick syco-syphilitic individuals or organization that wishes to suppress homoeopathy, block free speech and to prevent freedom of choice for clients and their ill patients.
Over the past few years, the number of network intrusions and hacking of network systems and websites has increased exponentially. Hackers have been around for too long, usually associated with dark themes and “the evil side” they represent the minority of IT Gurus that just have too much time on their hands, and a touch of evilness.
Your hosting provider should have set up your server with a certain amount of security built-in. However, there’s much you can do yourself to ensure your site stays unmolested. Take this analogy: You can use the strongest safe in the world, but if you leave the door open and someone empties it, you can’t blame the safe manufacturer.
Here are some effective techniques to help protect your websites from the hands of malicious hackers:
The number one technique you can possibly implement. Hackers are experts at programming computers to plough through huge amounts of data very quickly. That’s the reason longer passwords are more secure; the number of possible combinations grows exponentially with every extra character added.
Hackers employ a technique called “dictionary attack” where they repeatedly try username and password combinations by running through hundreds of common words, phrases, numbers and combination them till they get lucky. Make sure to create unique passwords and create lots of them - numerous different passwords boosts your online security, but do not store them in your browser. This might be convenient but if your device falls into the wrong hands you will compromise your privacy. It’s important you use random strings like “j@m13s(!)” instead of perhaps “jamie123″
If your web hosting provider hasn’t already done so, you should check that all the latest security patches for various aspects of the service are properly installed. As you might know, WordPress (self-hosted) is one of the most popular Content Management Systems out there on the market.
It is used by millions- so it’s not surprising to see many hackers working day/night trying to hack it. Updates and patches are regularly released, so keep an eye out for all your plug-ins/core files.
Using common words for usernames such as “admin”, “administrator” or “Site Owner” can cause many implications because you are simply making the job of the hacker’s a lot easier. By using such common words for your username, you are incredibly increasing the success rate of the hacker by at least a few points of a percentage, which is consider a lot where only one answer can be right from an unlimited range of combinations.
In a desperate attempt to get visitors you might consider try extensive viral marketing and other means of gaining the attention, this may cause a few people in the wrong community to raise a few eyebrows.
The last thing you need as a settled web-master is to cause a stir amongst the wrong people. Stay away from websites and especially forums that offer “information” or “get traffic quick” that uses illegal spam lists and such.
Comments are one of most prized features for blogs, and helps create a great relationship between the author and the reader, and also between readers in the wider community. It would also be easy for someone to insert HTML code that causes trouble.
You need to “validate” the form input before it’s accepted, to strip out all but the most basic HTML tags, for example and also if you’re using WordPress – you can utilize the “Keyword Filter” to block out any harsh words that might raise an issue or two.
Backup, Backup, Backup and Then Backup Some More
While this tip won’t protect you from being hacked, it will be very beneficial to you should it happen.
Send copies of your backup to your gmail, and auto forward them to your yahoo mail. Download copies to tape, your MP3 player or Iphone, it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that in the case of a hack there will be a couple of things you want.
Your own Fault
One of the biggest causes of Identity theft and an easy way for someone to get details to your site(s). Your own computer is likely to be a weak link in the chain. Whether it be from poisoned powerpoint files or someone phishing your account details, the vulnerabilities are limitless. No matter how secure your site is, if the machine you access it from (including logging in and editing etc.) is not secure you stand a good risk of being compromised and it may affect more than just your site.
Nothing beats knowledge. The more you know the easier it becomes to spot problems (not just hacks) and resolve them. So, kick back, grab a soda and start reading (it could be worth more in the end than all of the search news and blogging tips you have in your RSS feed).
No matter what dirty techniques these skeptics play against homoeopathy, their accusations fail to deter homoeopathy believers and much to the dismay of these syco-syphilitic minds homoeopathy is booming and it will keep on booming.
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