Do you think that hackers are only after big corporate websites? Think again. The truth is that hackers are trying to break into your website almost all the time using automated scripts. This may come as a shock to you, but according to a recent report, more than 40 percent of phishing cyberattacks specifically target small business websites.
About a quarter of all websites on the internet are run by WordPress, and approximately 90% of all NEW websites are built on WordPress which makes it a constant target for hackers. These hackers have several reasons why they want to target your website.
1. Steal Personal Information
One of the most popular motive hackers have is to steal and sell user information. Hackers can sell everything from names to emails to passwords and make a lot of money. Hackers also want to steal financial data, such as banking information and credit card numbers so watch out if you're doing e-commerce on your website!
2. Use Your Website to Host Illegal Content
Anyone wanting to display objectionable or illegal content will have a difficult time obtaining hosting services to secure their website. A way hackers get around this problem is to attack a small business website and use it as a host site to publish their content.
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3. Boost Other Sites by Piggybacking
Piggybacking occurs when a hacker places an unauthorized link on another party's website. They can do this to boost another site's SEO ranking or to make money through affiliate marketing. Have you ever seen embedded Clomid, Viagra and Cialis links on a website? In addition, these links could send your customers to malicious websites, which may destroy your company's reputation.
4. Send Out Spam Email
Sending out massive amounts of spam emails is one sure way to have your website blacklisted by the various search engines. In order to avoid having their own website blacklisted, hackers will attack a small business website in order to steal it's daily limit of SMTP relays. The hacker will then send tens of thousands of spam emails out through a series of many insecure, hacked websites. While this is happening to your website, your contact forms will likely not function and you will miss inquiries from prospects visiting your website!
5. Store Malicious Malware
Hackers whose primary goal is to spread malicious malware, such as viruses and Trojans, cannot store the malware on their own website without taking the risk of having it traced back to them. Instead, they hack into another website, upload their malware to the site. Then, when ready they download the malware from the hacked site to their intended targets.
The National Cyber Security Alliances estimates that 60 percent of small businesses are forced to shut down within six months of a cyberattack. This makes it crucial that you do everything possible to keep your small business' website as secure as possible. InspiriaMedia can help you evaluate how secure your website really is and provide you with expert advice on how to make security improvements.
There are a few simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce these risks! Would you like to know if you website is safe?