Safer Internet Day: Understanding Common Security Attacks

02-09-21 Melissa Thompson Paul Butler III Erin Blad Ricardo Fearing

Looking to build a safer web? Our team is here with solutions to a few common security attacks like man-in-the-middle attacks, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and phishing attacks.

At Sparkbox, we work every day to build a better web. This means designing, developing, and maintaining websites that are usable, accessible, performant, and secure. Building a more secure web means keeping our websites and web apps safe for our users. So how can we, as developers, designers, and project managers, contribute to a safer web?

For Safer Internet Day, our team has put together some information about a few common security issues found on the web. We hope these will help your team feel more confident when advocating for and building more secure web applications at your own company and with clients.

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

In this video, Melissa explains man-in-the-middle attacks and suggests a solution through encryption, strong credentials, and forcing HTTPS.

Learn more about man-in-the-middle attacks and how to prevent them:

SQL Injection

Has an attacker ever performed SQL injection on your website or application? In this video, Paul explains what SQL injection is and how you can combat it.

Learn more about SQL injection attacks and ways to protect yourself:

Cross-Site Scripting

In this video, Ricardo explains cross-site scripting and gives a solution through sanitizing and escaping data.

Learn more about cross-site scripting attacks:

Email Phishing Attacks

Have you ever received fraudulent communications? Erin explains phishing attacks and gives practical tips to avoid becoming a victim of these pervasive attacks.

Learn more about fraudulent communications and phishing scams: