Any system including your own website is always at risk of being hacked when the proper precautions are not taken. CNET uses the similar content delivery approach as other 3rd party scripts such as Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Bing Ads, Social sharing scripts like AddThis, Facebook Like buttons or Twitter. The key differences are:

  1. We are not Open Source - our primary script delivery mechanism is proprietary and doesn't use open source code to deliver the content. Our CMS for the content ingestion is proprietary and not affected by common CMS vulnerabilities.
  2. Microsoft Azure Built-in Security - The syndication platform that CNET Content Solutions uses is built on top of the Microsoft's Azure Cloud which contains many security services and layers.
    1. ISO27001 Certified
    2. SAS 70 Level II Certified
    3. Built in Virus Protection
    4. Access-controlled data centers
  3. Expert Experience - CNET Content Solutions is owned by CBS, a fortune 500 company. CNET Content Solutions rolls up into CBS Interactive which is a top 10 global web property with sites including CBS, CNET, GameSpot, TVGuide and ZDNet. We implement the same security standards and protection that is used in all of the top web properties.
  4. Proven track record - Ever since our platform was launched 5 years ago, we have never had an incident.

Some of the top reasons for hacked websites are:

  1. Personal computer security - weak passwords, untrusted browser plugins, sending confidential information unencrypted, etc.
  2. 3rd party Open Source software - Content management systems, such as Joomla and Drupal, can easily be targeted by the use of untested and insecure plugins and widgets.
  3. CMS Vulnerabilities - Some of the most popular CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento are all vulnerable to security exploits. Keeping your core application and modules up-to-date with the latest security patches are critical.
  4. Indirect Server attacks - If you are hosting your website on a shared server, you increase the risk of being hacked as intruders can access the server through other unprotected websites being hosted on the same server.