SOURCE: FireHost, Inc.

December 29, 2008 15:08 ET

FireHost, Inc. Offers Free Hacker Reports to Web Hosting Customers

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - December 29, 2008) - FireHost, Inc., a premier managed hosting provider, announces a web application security scanning solution at no charge to SMBs. The hacker security scanning provides detailed reporting on website and web application vulnerabilities.

Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have the resources or expertise necessary to test for website and web application vulnerabilities. When a small business' website gets hacked, it puts every current and potential customer who visits the site at risk of receiving a malware installation. Understanding SMBs' unique needs, FireHost announced today a free vulnerability scanning service to help ensure websites and web applications are properly protected.

Chris Drake, President of FireHost said, "We see customers being attacked every day, so in addition to application firewall protection we perform website penetration testing behind our security layer. We feel it's important to extend hacker prevention services to every client. Our reports empower them to take an active role in website security by protecting sensitive corporate data such as credit card information and customer data before an incident occurs."

With the FireHost's vulnerability scanning service, customers can find out if their websites and web applications are vulnerable to hacking attempts like SQL Injections, Cross Site Scripting (XSS attacks), Path Traversal, Bad User Agents, DOS attacks and Port scanning activities. Hackers are beginning to exploit private information via common ports like 80 and 443, and the hacker prevention reports highlight vulnerabilities so they may take steps necessary to protect sensitive and valuable data.

"Common web components can easily become outdated and susceptible to hacking attempts as web developers adjust code. Daily vulnerability scanning helps ensure protection from hackers. For clients who require immediate notification of a website security breach, we have automated daily vulnerability scanning available to highlight vulnerabilities as they appear," says Ken Richardson, Senior Security Engineer at FireHost.

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About FireHost, Inc.

FireHost, Inc. delivers secure, enterprise-quality managed web hosting to SMBs. Based in Dallas, Texas, FireHost specializes in website and application security for small businesses with high web traffic, or erratic, unpredictable web traffic due to "the Digg effect." FireHost's web application protection solutions are universally available to Managed Shared Hosting users and Managed Dedicated Server clients without compromising speed and reliability. Qualified businesses concerned about web vulnerabilities may contact FireHost for a complimentary hacker report and application vulnerability scan. Visit to learn more.

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