Setting up a website in a malicious world

Yahoo…you have finally created your website. The job is done or so you think.

This is hardly the case…

The next priority for you as a site owner is to protect your newly minted digital asset.

The World Wide Web besides being a great place to source for information and market your business, is also the playing ground for malicious hackers. Web bots, with malicious intent, launched by hackers roam the world wide web looking for unsuspecting prey to attack or launch an attack from.

Google reports, every week alone, it blacklists 20,000 websites for malware and 5000 sites for phishing. The threat of these hackers is very real. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, deface your website or even install malicious software to launch an attack from.

Below is a sample screenshot of the web bots at work.

So what does it mean to you – the site owner?

A compromised website will affect your revenue as well as reputation.

Worst case if your website gets on Google blacklist.

If you are running an e-commerce site or collecting sensitive customer information on your website, the media coverage that follows will be a public relation nightmare.

In extreme cases, you might be held hostage by ransomware operators who will not relinquish control of your website until you have paid them a nice ransom fee. This is a nightmare for a small business or brand owner.

As the cost of maintaining a dedicated server could be prohibitive, most SME websites turn to 3rd party hosting provider for their hosting needs. For the lower plans, your website shares the server with other websites, hence the term shared server. While these hosting providers have a security plan to protect their servers against perimeter threats. However, due to the nature of a shared server where several other websites co-exist on the same server, cross website contamination can happen whereby a malicious program has gained entry into a website can quickly start infecting or attacking other websites on the same server.

So as an owner, you need to ensure that you have your owner defenses against this threats.

We can help you here. Shall we have a conversation?