17 Jun Website Owners, Beware: People Want to Hack Your Site
Shortly after websites were invented, people came up with ways to get around their security features (what little security those first websites had) and hack them.
Over the decades, websites have gotten more secure, with more bells and whistles and more advanced features to protect against hacking. But hackers have gotten smarter and cleverer, and have found ways around each safeguard or barrier that we put up.
Now, there are few websites that aren’t vulnerable to hackers, who can use websites to access customer data – or your data – and also vandalize your sites, costing time and money to fix them.
Website owners should be aware that hackers are out there and are a threat to your site’s security. Precious few websites are safe. If you have a website, know that sooner or later, someone could try to hack your site – and their success depends solely on what measures you’ve taken to protect your cyber property.
Case in point: the U.S. Army reported that one of its websites was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. A few days before, hackers got access to millions of personal records of federal government workers through a variety of assaults. These are just two high-profile cases; this doesn’t even consider the thousands of smaller-scale attacks that happen to websites across the nation on a regular basis.
All told, hackers cost businesses millions each year. Your website may not be as critical as some of the more high-profile targets, but it is important – and so is the data that goes through the site (especially if you have an online storefront or take transactions through your website).
It’s highly recommended to read up on the latest best practices for cyber security for websites. Talk to a IT professional to learn more about what steps you can take. Safeguard your website by choosing a difficult password, paying more for a reputable and secure website host, using two-factor verification when logging into the backend of a website, backing up your site regularly, and installing credible web security plugins to your site (particularly if you have a WordPress site).
Don’t sleep on this threat, or you could find your website vandalized like so many others.