Setting up a website in a malicious world

Yahoo…you have finally created your website. Your webwork is finally done or so you think.

Unfortunately, this is hardly the case. On the contrary, it is just the beginning.

The next priority for you as a site owner is to protect your newly minted online digital asset against attacks as you would a newly renovated physical store.

The World Wide Web besides being a great place to source for information and market your business, it is unfortunately also a great place for cyber criminals to carry out their attacks.

Launched by these cyber criminals, malicious web bots will eventually pay you a visit and causes issues for you online and offline.

Note the sole purpose of these automated web bots is to suss out site vulnerabilities, and not company revenue. Hence regardless of your company size, they will eventually come knocking at your site.

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


The threat of these hackers is very real.

Once an entry is gained, these cyber criminals can do almost anything from stealing sensitive information to launching an attack from your server.


Shared servers

As the cost of maintaining a dedicated server is prohibitive, most SME websites rely on cheaper 3rd party hosting provider for maintaining their website.

While these hosting providers have a security plan to protect their servers against perimeter threats, those on a shared server will face the threat of cross-site contamination.

This happens when a malicious program has gained entry into a website on the same server and thereafter quickly infect or attack other websites on the same server.

So as an owner, the onus is on you to ensure that you have the best defenses to protect against these threats.


So what does all these means to you – the site owner?

A compromised website may affect your website, followed by your reputation and eventually the bottom line.

People who have dealings with your business or brand might steer away from your website once word of your system being compromised gets out. Trust will be broken and they may even head over to your competitors to conduct their business.

In some cases, you might be held hostage by ransomware operators who will not relinquish control of your website until you have paid them what they asked for.

Both these scenarios would bean an absolute nightmare for a small business owner who has painstakingly build the business, only to see it go down in a flash.

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