Houston  Sipes

Houston Sipes

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Web Security: Sessions, and Tokens

Web security has turned into a major topic, it plays an important role in building applications that are secure, and don’t suffer external attacks like XSS. Over the years, web security has evolved drastically. It began with sessions, and is now based on tokens. In this post, you will read about the transition, and how web security is handled nowadays.

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Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data, shared by a server with a client, who is accessing or logging into a service offered by the server over the web. The server uses “set-cookie” tag for inserting the cookie into the response.

Once the user has successfully logged into the server, every request sent to the server from the client will have either the session id, or a token, which is saved in the cookie.

Properties of a Cookie:

  1. These are “string” type data structures.
  2. Cookies are stored in the client side.
  3. Cookies are never safe, mainly because they are not encrypted, and can be read easily.
  4. Cookies are small pieces of information, less than 4kB in size.

An Analog to Cookies

You can imagine Cookies as an Employee ID card. When you join a company, you will receive the ID card, with an Employee ID. Every time you wish to enter the company, the ID needs to be presented at the security gate. And, when you leave the company for good, you will no longer be related to the ID.

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Session

In the beginning, the server used Session ID to authenticate every client, logging into the server. Once the authentication is done, the Session ID is shared by the client with the server, for authorization. Both authentication, and authorization are different use cases for the Session ID.

Properties of a Session

  1. Maintained at the server
  2. Sessions are encrypted, and stored safely in the server. They are stored only in a single server at a time.
  3. Sessions have an “Object” data structure.
  4. The lifetime of a session depends on the server coding.
  5. Sessions are generally an overhead. They are expensive to create, and store.

An Analog to Session

Looping into our previous example, the Employee Data and the ID generated is managed by the company. Details about the employee are linked to the ID, and they are stored securely. The overall duration of the link, and the way the link is destroyed depends on the company’s policies. As long as an employee works for the company, it would translate into a Session.

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Web Security: Sessions, and Tokens
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Everything around us has become smart, like smart infrastructures, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, to name a few. The innovation of smart devices makes it possible to achieve these heights in science and technology. But, data is vulnerable, there is a risk of attack by cybercriminals. To get started, let’s know about IoT devices.

What are IoT devices?

The Internet Of Things(IoT) is a system that interrelates computer devices like sensors, software, and actuators, digital machines, etc. They are linked together with particular objects that work through the internet and transfer data over devices without humans interference.

Famous examples are Amazon Alexa, Apple SIRI, Interconnected baby monitors, video doorbells, and smart thermostats.

How could your IoT devices be vulnerable?

When technologies grow and evolve, risks are also on the high stakes. Ransomware attacks are on the continuous increase; securing data has become the top priority.

When you think your smart home won’t fudge a thing against cybercriminals, you should also know that they are vulnerable. When cybercriminals access our smart voice speakers like Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri, it becomes easy for them to steal your data.

Cybersecurity report 2020 says popular hacking forums expose 770 million email addresses and 21 million unique passwords, 620 million accounts have been compromised from 16 hacked websites.

The attacks are likely to increase every year. To help you secure your data of IoT devices, here are some best tips you can implement.

Tips to secure your IoT devices

1. Change Default Router Name

Your router has the default name of make and model. When we stick with the manufacturer name, attackers can quickly identify our make and model. So give the router name different from your addresses, without giving away personal information.

2. Know your connected network and connected devices

If your devices are connected to the internet, these connections are vulnerable to cyber attacks when your devices don’t have the proper security. Almost every web interface is equipped with multiple devices, so it’s hard to track the device. But, it’s crucial to stay aware of them.

3. Change default usernames and passwords

When we use the default usernames and passwords, it is attackable. Because the cybercriminals possibly know the default passwords come with IoT devices. So use strong passwords to access our IoT devices.

4. Manage strong, Unique passwords for your IoT devices and accounts

Use strong or unique passwords that are easily assumed, such as ‘123456’ or ‘password1234’ to protect your accounts. Give strong and complex passwords formed by combinations of alphabets, numeric, and not easily bypassed symbols.

Also, change passwords for multiple accounts and change them regularly to avoid attacks. We can also set several attempts to wrong passwords to set locking the account to safeguard from the hackers.

5. Do not use Public WI-FI Networks

Are you try to keep an eye on your IoT devices through your mobile devices in different locations. I recommend you not to use the public WI-FI network to access them. Because they are easily accessible through for everyone, you are still in a hurry to access, use VPN that gives them protection against cyber-attacks, giving them privacy and security features, for example, using Express VPN.

6. Establish firewalls to discover the vulnerabilities

There are software and firewalls like intrusion detection system/intrusion prevention system in the market. This will be useful to screen and analyze the wire traffic of a network. You can identify the security weakness by the firewall scanners within the network structure. Use these firewalls to get rid of unwanted security issues and vulnerabilities.

7. Reconfigure your device settings

Every smart device comes with the insecure default settings, and sometimes we are not able to change these default settings configurations. These conditions need to be assessed and need to reconfigure the default settings.

8. Authenticate the IoT applications

Nowadays, every smart app offers authentication to secure the accounts. There are many types of authentication methods like single-factor authentication, two-step authentication, and multi-factor authentication. Use any one of these to send a one time password (OTP) to verify the user who logs in the smart device to keep our accounts from falling into the wrong hands.

9. Update the device software up to date

Every smart device manufacturer releases updates to fix bugs in their software. These security patches help us to improve our protection of the device. Also, update the software on the smartphone, which we are used to monitoring the IoT devices to avoid vulnerabilities.

10. Track the smartphones and keep them safe

When we connect the smart home to the smartphone and control them via smartphone, you need to keep them safe. If you miss the phone almost, every personal information is at risk to the cybercriminals. But sometimes it happens by accident, makes sure that you can clear all the data remotely.

However, securing smart devices is essential in the world of data. There are still cybercriminals bypassing the securities. So make sure to do the safety measures to avoid our accounts falling out into the wrong hands. I hope these steps will help you all to secure your IoT devices.

If you have any, feel free to share them in the comments! I’d love to know them.

Are you looking for more? Subscribe to weekly newsletters that can help your stay updated IoT application developments.

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Mark Anderson

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Security Token Platform crowdfund your business growth easily

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Houston  Sipes

Houston Sipes

1597950000

Web Security: Sessions, and Tokens

Web security has turned into a major topic, it plays an important role in building applications that are secure, and don’t suffer external attacks like XSS. Over the years, web security has evolved drastically. It began with sessions, and is now based on tokens. In this post, you will read about the transition, and how web security is handled nowadays.

Image for post

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data, shared by a server with a client, who is accessing or logging into a service offered by the server over the web. The server uses “set-cookie” tag for inserting the cookie into the response.

Once the user has successfully logged into the server, every request sent to the server from the client will have either the session id, or a token, which is saved in the cookie.

Properties of a Cookie:

  1. These are “string” type data structures.
  2. Cookies are stored in the client side.
  3. Cookies are never safe, mainly because they are not encrypted, and can be read easily.
  4. Cookies are small pieces of information, less than 4kB in size.

An Analog to Cookies

You can imagine Cookies as an Employee ID card. When you join a company, you will receive the ID card, with an Employee ID. Every time you wish to enter the company, the ID needs to be presented at the security gate. And, when you leave the company for good, you will no longer be related to the ID.

Image for post

Session

In the beginning, the server used Session ID to authenticate every client, logging into the server. Once the authentication is done, the Session ID is shared by the client with the server, for authorization. Both authentication, and authorization are different use cases for the Session ID.

Properties of a Session

  1. Maintained at the server
  2. Sessions are encrypted, and stored safely in the server. They are stored only in a single server at a time.
  3. Sessions have an “Object” data structure.
  4. The lifetime of a session depends on the server coding.
  5. Sessions are generally an overhead. They are expensive to create, and store.

An Analog to Session

Looping into our previous example, the Employee Data and the ID generated is managed by the company. Details about the employee are linked to the ID, and they are stored securely. The overall duration of the link, and the way the link is destroyed depends on the company’s policies. As long as an employee works for the company, it would translate into a Session.

#jwt-token #authentication #cookies #sessions #web-security

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Points To Remember When Security Token Launch Service

An STO is an optimized way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds for their businesses. By pledging tangible assets against digital tokens, STOs protect the interests of the investors. Moreover, STOs are also recognized by the US SEC, which makes them a promising investment avenue.

Today, by using the services of a security token offerings provider, one can launch their project with relative ease. However, a businessperson should keep the following things in mind when going about the STO process:

Every Idea Matters: Make sure your business project creatively addresses the target problem. This will give you leverage over your competitors.
Start Marketing Early On: Experts believe that the success of blockchain-based crowdfunding lies in marketing. Hence, it is highly recommended to begin marketing your product or service from the word go!
Choosing The Right Service Provider: Every STO development firm offers a wide range of solutions that come with their own set of pros and cons. Therefore, do your research before selecting your service provider.
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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

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Trend your token business with STO Marketing

The security token is considered the next trendsetter in the blockchain market. The Security Token Marketing allows the traders to advertise their token details for buyers to request for sale. The markets of security tokens have globally expanded for investors to rule the digital world with enhanced growth. The STO Marketing demands smart planning to attract investors to start an initial business stage to generate revenue in future. The marketing campaigns of STO begin with primary source as market research.

Process of STO Marketing :

STO Marketing Consulting ensures investors’ guaranteed results to generate more profits with security tokens in the marketplace.
STO Market Research initialized by analyzing the market trends and giving a possible solution to respective investors to top the marketplace.
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STO marketing is the digital world’s future for transitioning the exchange of crypto-tokens safely and securely. Investors can get in touch with Blockchain App Factory to develop their dream business to stand top in the marketplace.

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