So you have created your website and the work is over. This is hardly the case, the next priority for you as a site owner is to protect your digital asset. The World Wide Web besides being a great place to source for information is also the playing ground for hackers with malicious intent. Spiderbots 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
So what does it mean to you – the site operator? A compromised website will affect your revenue as well as reputation. The situation is made worst if you are running an e-commerce site or collecting customer information from your website. In some instances, your website could also be used as part of a network to distribute malware. If reported to search engines like Google, your website might be blacklisted.
In extreme cases, you might be held hostage by ransomware operators who will not give you back the control of your website until you have to pay them a nice ransom fee. This is a nightmare for business or brand owners.
As the cost of maintaining a dedicated server could be prohibitive, most SME websites are being hosted on a shared server with a 3rd party hosting provider. These hosting providers have a security plan to protect their servers against common threats. However, due to the nature of a shared server where several other websites co-exist on the same server to share resources, 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.
The above scenarios are real-world security issues and you need a website security plan in place. Though you can’t really eliminate 100% of these malicious activities, what you can do is to minimize or make it harder for your website to be compromised. Let’s have a chat on how we can help minimise this threat.