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Who can watch NCIS and not believe that hackers (white and black hats) are not absolute geniuses with the ability to hack into any government website in just a matter of minutes, perhaps an hour if it is a foreign government?

While there may be a few of these super hackers around, it turns out the majority of the folks stalking the Internet are just script kiddies using easily downloaded tools to automatically probe and attack websites. The Xbox’er turned hacker will view your site as yet another computer game with bragging rights when he grabs your data or turns your site into a subtle weapon.

So, if you’re betting those hacker geniuses are preoccupied with saving (or destroying) the world you may be right. Just keep in mind there are hoards of average hackers, who are not geniuses spending their time probing the entirety of the Internet. Your site and whatever else you have hanging off the Internet will be checked out many times a week.

Protecting your website from hackers is tough. The battle between the good guys (you) and the bad guys (the hackers) is an ever escalating war where a misstep on your part may mean a breached site. But, many companies fail to even make the first step towards security because of misconceptions and security myths, either believing simple security protections are sufficient or thinking they really do not have to worry about hackers. This slideshow features five common Web security myths, identified by Alan Wlasuk, managing partner at 403 Web Security, a subsidiary of WDDinc.

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