website securityHackers are constantly breaking into innocent websites and using them to infect visitors with malware, lure them to dodgy sites and infiltrate databases to grab sensitive customer information, and just make your life miserable. With a little preparation and a few simple steps, you can reduce the chance of your website being hacked

Every day, Google identifies almost 10,000 malware-infected websites. Almost half of these are legitimate sites compromised by hackers. About half of these victims learn they’ve been hacked when they see the same browser and search-engine danger warnings their customers see, a sign they’ve been blacklisted.

Small businesses are especially vulnerable to hacking because they often lack the technology expertise and site security that larger companies have. They also suffer more as their lack of expertise slows repairs and their ability to get back to work. Business owners can lose significant online traffic and sales if their site lands on blacklists operated by Google and other search engines.

Here are a few ways to reduce the chance of your website being hacked:

Keep your software up to date

Hackers aggressively target security flaws in popular Web software such as content management systems and blogging programs. Stay out of the line of fire by using the latest versions of software and applying security patches promptly.

Use strong passwords and keep them safe

Using strong passwords is crucial because hackers frequently attempt to crack or steal passwords for web software and FTP servers, which are computers that use the File Transfer Protocol to move web pages and other files to another computer, such as a Web-hosting server. Default, common or predicable passwords can be easily broken.

Register with Google’s Webmaster Tools

Getting on Google’s blacklist, which is used by the search site and the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers, can reduce traffic to your site. By registering with Webmaster Tools, you can receive notifications of malware infections immediately, sometimes before blacklisting occurs, so you can get rid of them faster. The service also provides details about the precise problem Google is seeing. That can speed your clean up and your return to Google’s good graces.

Solicit The Help Of An Expert

Companies that are heavily dependent on their websites may want to hire a firm that provides alerts if they get on a blacklist, monitoring for malicious activity, scanning for security vulnerabilities or help with repairs after a hack. Businesses that have databases with sensitive customer information connected to their sites should get help building security into their sites and scouring software code for bugs.

If you have any questions about your website security, please contact the i360 Group Helpdesk. We can implement simple security measures that will significantly reduce your risk.

 

1 Comment

  1. Bill Sterrett on October 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    There have been a number of website hacks on some of the most popular platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal etc. I suppose that attacks are inevitable, just like viruses on a computer or identity theft from credit cards.

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