Man-in-the-Middle Attacks: What You Need to Know

November 2020

There is no shortage of security threats that business owners and website administrators need to worry about these days. From DDoS attacks to phishing schemes and everything in between, the next big danger is always lurking just around the corner. As a business or website owner, you’re likely already taking some basic dedicated server security measures to protect your information from some of the most common cyber-attacks. But what have you done to protect yourself against a man-in-the-middle attack? If you’re not familiar with this digital threat, now is the time to educate yourself. Below, we’re discussing everything you need to know about man-in-the-middle attacks and how you can protect your sensitive data.

What Is a Man-in-the-Middle Attack?

Specifically, man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks happen when a hacker “sits” between the connection of two parties (both of which are unaware that their communication has been intercepted). This allows the attacker to “listen in” on conversations and often grants them access to sensitive information.

Most often, MitM attacks occur on local networks and within organizations where data security may not be as prominent, but they can occur over wireless networks as well. Unfortunately, many business owners and website administrators won’t even know that they’ve fallen victim to one until the damage has been done (for example, the sensitive data has been used maliciously).

The Dangers of MitM Attacks

Man-in-the-middle attacks can be devastating for businesses of all sizes. Depending on the type of information your organization works with, a data breach from this type of attack could put your customers’ personal information at risk. And when word of the breach gets out, it will likely damage your reputation significantly.

Protecting Yourself from MitM Attacks

While the effects of a MitM attack can be serious and far-reaching, the good news is that there are practical steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling victim to one. The best and easiest thing you can do is to make sure that you or any other site admins are only logging into your hosting account on a secure network. Public Wi-Fi connections and other non-secured networks should never be used to access sensitive data.

Furthermore, you should make sure that you have multi-factor authentication set up for all of your online accounts. This will require users to enter not only your username and password but also an access code sent to a verified email address or phone number before logging in. And of course, it never hurts to make sure that sensitive data and files are fully encrypted at all times.

Ramp Up Your Cybersecurity with Help from ReliableSite

At ReliableSite, we take MitM attack prevention very seriously, which is why we offer a wide range of security features for all of our dedicated server accounts. From free standard DDoS protection to a variety of encryption options, we have everything you need to stay safe online.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help mitigate a man-in-the-middle attack on your server!