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Ask Slashdot: Do it yourself security auditing websites/tools?

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year ago

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An anonymous reader writes "I am wondering if the Slashdot community can offer some resources for someone like myself who would like to make my websites more secure but who doesn't have any venture capital and can't pony up vast sums of money to professional testing. I'm a "prosumer" website builder, have a few sites that are mainly hobbies, but I would like to know that they're at least fairly robust. I'm thinking of the equivalent of a "dental clinic" where someone interested in the white hat security field might be willing to take on an audit for the experience and to build a resume. Or, tools such as websites that let you put in a password and see how long it takes to crack it. Or sites where you can put in a URL and it gets poked and prodded by a number of different cracker tools and a "score" is given. Ideally with suggestions on how to improve. Does anything like that exist? I'm not talking FBI/CIA level security, but just common-sense basics. I've _tried_ to use techniques that improve security, but I don't know how well they work. And I've realized that in the ever growing, fast changing field of computers I'm not going to ever get the knowledge I need to do this myself. I know there are software suites that allow you to sniff and test things on your own, but I'm afraid it's overwhelmingly foreign to me and I just feel like I can't reliably do this myself. Any ideas?"

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