07/04/2019 at 12:28 •
The security of your website’s domain is as important to the integrity of your business as it is to you. Cyber threats are fast taking more sophisticated forms and users are fast questioning the protection of the sites they visit.
Admittedly, securing domain names is exactly a part of website security policies that comes to mind when setting up a website. But at the risk of losing traffic and going through the painstaking recovery process upon breach, it is perhaps the most important prospect to take into account.
In this piece, we will be guiding you through the steps that will ensure the protection of your site’s domain is at its peak.
1. Understand the Looming Threats
The paramount step towards protection is to know the looming threats. You can hardly issue barricades and security policies without identifying the likely threats. Hence, the first step is to identify what could affect your domain name.
Your domain name could be hijacked through different ways such as pharming and phishing. With pharming, all that is needed by the attacker is access to the account held with the domain name’s registrar and your website’s traffic is diverted to another.
Phishing, on the other hand, plays at deception by tricking domain owners into believing an email or link is from the website’s registrar. However, this is just a ruse to extract information from the website and upon access; the attacker exploits the vulnerability of the website.
2. Try Stronger Passwords.
Without unauthorized access to your accounts, it is easier to protect your domain. The key to this is to safeguard your accounts jealously. The first step is to secure your passwords. Try your hands at stronger passwords.
It doesn’t necessarily have to long and complex. Just be sure it is not linked to you in any way. This should also be applied to the email linked to the domain and change the password from time to time.
3. Use 2-Factor Authentication
Using 2-step authentication ensures the security of your domain by building a background barricade such that it becomes quite irritating for would-be attackers to access your account. This step works by requesting for verification twice before giving way to visitors.
So when access is requested for, the site demands for say a password and possibly an SMS verification or email verification to prove the legitimacy of the visitor.
4. Employ the Services of Anti-Malware/ Virus Software
Keep intruders out by installing anti-virus/ spyware software on your computer. This, in the very least, prevents key-logging to your system for access to your active passwords and usernames. It is also important to keep them up to date for optimal protection.
5. Use a Registrar Lock Tool
It is just like locking your door. Without the keys handed out to another party, your door remains shut. Luckily, most domain registrars offer registry lock services to users. This adds another layer of protection to your domain by preventing unauthorized entry and protecting against DNS attacks.
One point to note is that changes cannot be made to your site’s DNS without proper identification and manual authorization. Locking up your registry gives that spot its layer of protection.
6. Try your Hands at Encryption
Though cyber attack tools keep getting sophisticated, one way to stay ahead is to try out encryption. The best way to apply this method at the domain name registration point. A powerful tool available for this service is the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP).
This protocol enables an Authorization Information Code (AIC) which protects your domain preventing unauthorized diversion or redirection from one site’s domain to another. It works such that the AIC is required before a domain can be transferred from one registrar to another.
7. Enable Domain Privacy
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07/02/2019 at 17:12 •
Let’s start with the basics. The majority of humans experience the universe through a jumbled up mess of signals gained through five organic sensor arrays -- aka our senses. This messy clamor of sensory syntax combines into a solid chunk of flesh coax which pumps reality into the heuristic pattern recognition Wetware -- otherwise known as our unfeasible clever and inconveniently heavy monkey brain.
And that’s “it” really. That right there is our reality. Everything we’ve developed, overcome or imagined since scrambling out of the primordial ocean has our sensory reality as a humble beginning point.
What is Brain hacking?
But of course, that isn’t quite “it” at all. Because we humans aren’t all that happy with the steady marching cadence of impulse to react. We’re not content with that. We want the experiential equivalent of syncopation. We want jazz.
In fact, it’s probably fair to say that as a species we’re innately not content with the plodding march of evolutionary progress. We’re wired to want more; whether that’s sex, money, delicious cheesy snacks or just the general spiciness of being alive. The common denominator is that if we like it, sooner or later one of our kind is going to invent a clever, smart way to get more of it.
Not everyone is going to agree with this one, but there’s a solid case to be made that the critical thing that sets us apart as a species on this planet aren’t our gigantic brains or our handy dandy opposable digits: it’s the overriding impulse to acquire. In almost any pursuit you can imagine, from learn a new business to populating this earth with smaller, more incontinent versions of ourselves, the general rule of thumb is that the most desirable outcome is the one generating “more good stuff for me.”
Which is a fairly roundabout way of leading into this notion of brain hacking. It’s a fancy term to be sure, but ultimately it’s referring to a very simple process. It’s about altering how our brains process information. It is the use of technologies and techniques to improve the cognitive tools at our disposal, so that we get better at getting what we want. Brain hacking, quite simply, is messing with our organic software to optimize our ability to acquire more cool, shiny stuff.
The Upside of Brain hacking
As we learn more about how our brain works, we’re getting better at creating optimal conditions for its function. Science is rapidly refining its understanding of the perfect nutrients for optimal brain function. Fish, fruit and grain in the right combination are proven to help our brains work better. Combined with cardiovascular exercise, you can objectively know (as in “know” it because of a bunch of credible research) that your brain will be sharper and faster.
As a species, we’re also developing a keener awareness of how to keep our brains fit and strong. New products are constantly entering the market with strategies for strengthening our cognition, our ability to learn and the rapidity with which we can process sensory inputs and act on them. Sure, some are banana oil. But a good number are built on real research and these are in a Gestalt process of continual refinement and iterative improvement.
Couple this growing self understanding with the development of amazing technologies like neurotechnology (that literally allow us to control the world with our thought processes via electrodes hooked up to AI algorithms and robotics) and we’re literally stumbling heading into a world which will be controlled first and foremost by how we think.
All this links into a much bigger concept of Transhumanism. We have it within our power to become greater than the sum of our genetic parts. The promise of brain hacking is that we can find a way to greatly expand our boundaries, far beyond what our meagre biological constraints should rightly allow.
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