Cross-Site Scripting Attacks: How to Protect Your Website

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Cross-site scripting attacks — also known as XSS attacks — are one of the most pervasive cybersecurity threats that websites and web apps face today. Most types of XSS attacks are relatively easy to execute, and they can have devastating consequences for affected users — not to mention for businesses whose applications or websites serve as vectors for XSS risks.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that, as this article explains, it’s possible to protect your website or app against XSS attacks, provided you understand how XSS attacks occur and which mitigation methods are available to stop them.

What Are Cross-Site Scripting Attacks?

Cross-site scripting attacks are a type of attack in which threat actors inject malicious scripts into websites. From there, the scripts are executed within the browsers of affected users. Because XSS attacks make it possible to plant malicious code on websites that are otherwise trustworthy, it can be easy for users to fall victim to this type of risk.

There are three main types of XSS attacks:

Non-persistent or reflected XSS attacks: In this type of XSS attack, threat actors “trick” users into running malicious

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